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Thugs on motorbikes throwing 'fireballs' in Bristol

Police are appealing for information. Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

A series of arson attacks have been reported in Bristol, people on motorbikes have been throwing bottles with flammable liquid inside.

A number of small fires have been started and in one incident a lit glass bottle was thrown at a group of teenagers - police say it's very lucky nobody was hurt.

The incidents have taken place around the Bedminster area since Thursday (26/01).


  • 6.35pm - the Acta Centre, Gladstone Street, a small blaze was discovered amongst some shattered glass.
  • 7.26pm - member of the public reporting five people riding around on motorbikes and believes they've started small fires within Dame Emily park.
  • 7.27pm - a witness reports a 'fireball' being thrown at a parked motorcycle, by two riders on another motorcycle.
  • 7.30pm - a group of teenagers on East Street, outside Argos report two motorcycles driving wrong way up the road, the second of which was carrying two suspects who threw a lit glass bottle at them. No-one was injured.
  • 11.56pm - a portable toilet was set on fire on Chessel Street.


  • Early hours - police called to a van fire on Elmdale Road and bike on fire on North Street.
  • A second burnt out bike was located in Victoria Park later that day.

It is sheer luck that no-one has been injured during these incidents. The suspects have clearly given no thought to their safety or the safety of others.

We would appeal for anyone who may have information on any of these incidents to contact us now. Any information, regardless of how insignificant you might think it is, could prove crucial to this investigation.

– DS Jack Tween