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Police searching for suspected arsonist in Frome

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Police are asking the public for help to find a suspected arsonist in Frome.

They suspect the person is behind a number of fires in the area, including reports of two vehicle fires around 2am on Friday 9 November, in the car park area of Selwood Road.

They are treating the case as criminal damage and are investigating.

Anyone with information is advised to call 101 and giving the call handler reference number 5218248663.

The charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.


Bath church damaged in arson attack

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Police are appealing for information after a church in Bath was damaged in an arson attack.

Authorities believe a rough sleeper’s belongings were set alight and the fire spread to the doors, causing damage.

Dorset and Somerset Fire Service managed to control the fire at the Central United Reform Church on Argyle Street at about 3am on Wednesday 8 November.

Anyone with more information or who may have witnessed the incident it urged to get in touch with police by calling 101 and quoting reference 5217255283.

Two people rescued from possible arson attack in Cornwall

The fire happened at a property on Dean street in Liskeard. Credit: Google maps

Two people were rescued from a burning building in Liskeard, Cornwall this morning.

Fire crews from Liskeard, Callington, Bodmin, Lostwithiel and Looe are still attending to the incident, after initally responding to the call at 6.20am.

No fatalities have been recorded, but crews battled to protect salvageable property from the fire.

Special breathing equipment had to be used,, with support from St Austell, St Just and crews from Crownhill.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and will be questioned by police.

Emergency Services attended the scene to tackle the blaze. Credit: ITV West Country


Warnings over farm arson

Barn fire (file photo) Credit: PA

Fire crews in the South West have issued a warning after a spate of arson attacks on farm buildings.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Avon & Somerset Police have been investigating a series of barn fires in the last few weeks and have concluded that they were started deliberately.

Farms are particularly vulnerable to a deliberate fire with their isolated location, open boundaries, readily ignitable hay and straw stacks making them an easy target.

– Fire Investigation Officer Andy Justice

Fire crews and the police say they take incidents of arson extremely seriously and are encouraging people to survey their farmland and carry out the following steps if needed...

  • Provide, repair or replace damaged fencing or gates.
  • Install intruder sensors and security lighting.
  • Maintain security of outbuildings.
  • Replace or re-site security and warning notices.
  • Maintain firefighting equipment in good order.

We take incidents of arson extremely seriously. They have huge financial implications for farmers in addition to the enormous danger they pose to people and livestock.

We will work with our partners to identify those responsible and they will be dealt with robustly.

– Chief Inspector Mark Edgington, Avon & Somerset Police
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