Arson attacks in Kingswood, Warmley and and Longwell Green

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By BeckyFeather | Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 09:41

Firefighters tackled nine deliberately set fires in the Warmley and Longwell Green areas during a 90-minute period. And a fire which destoyed a shed used as a plant nursery at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood is also being treated as arson.

Between 10.49pm on Sunday and 12.22am on Monday, crews from stations around the city dealt with nine fires which all involved bushes, hedges and trees.

A spokesman for Avon Fire & Rescue said: "Although all the fires were quickly extinguished by firefighters, they had the potential to cause more serious damage.

"Deliberately started fires also mean that crews are not available to attend more serious emergencies where lives could be at risk."

Meanwhile a shed used as a plant nursery at Grimsbury Farm in Kingswood was destroyed yesterday in what it is believed to be an arson attack.

By the time crews from Kingswood and Speedwell fire stations were called to the incident the shed, which was in a field, was well alight.

The fire did not affect any other buildings on the site or areas used to house animals.

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  • Profile image for KeynshamKim

    Setting fire to trees takes the concept of 'mindless thugs' to a whole new level. Why are some people so determined to destroy any attempt to make an area look better?

    By KeynshamKim at 12:57 on 28/06/12

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    Police say they have made three arrests in connection with the fires involving hedges, trees and bushes.
    In response to similar fires in the Barrs Court, Cadbury Heath, Kingswood, Staple Hill and Warmley areas in recent weeks, officers have been stepping up their patrols and speaking to anyone they find on the streets in the early hours.
    A police spokeswoman said today: "Two men, both aged 20, were arrested in Warmley by patrolling officers at about 1am on Tuesday, June 26. An 18-year-old man, who had been spoken to by officers earlier in the night, was arrested later the same day.
    "All three have been released on police bail pending further inquiries."
    Neighbourhood PC Phil Busvine said: "We are continuing to patrol the affected areas and working with Avon Fire & Rescue Service to investigate the fires.
    "I would urge any resident who sees anything suspicious in the area to call us immediately.
    "If you have any other information which could help our inquiries call us on 101. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

    By BeckyFeather at 13:13 on 27/06/12

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