Appeal after motorbikes and bin set on fire

PUBLISHED: 09:32 23 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 April 2015




POLICE are appealing for help to track down who is behind a spate of fires in Weston.

Since Tuesday there have been a number of fires on the Bournville estate.

Three incidents were reported in the early hours of Tuesday. At 2.30am police recevied a call reporting a wheelie bin had been set alight in Chaucer Road, outside the Bournville Family Centre.

Just after 3am Avon Fire and Rescue reported that two motorcycles had been damaged by fire on Baildon Road. One was destroyed by fire. It is thought the flames spread to a second bike parked nearby.

At 3.30am there was another call from fire crews reporting another motorbike had been set on fire in Weston Links.

At about 6.40am on Wednesday fire crews were called to another motorbike on fire. The burnt-out bike was in the car park off Stonebridge Road.

The bikes found in Weston Links and Stonebridge Road had been stolen, but police officers think it is possible the Baildon Road fire was started after an unsuccessful attempt to steal one of those motorbikes.

The Bournville and Oldmixon One Team neighbourhood officers are stepping up their patrols of the area in response to the incidents.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Colin Batchelor said: “At this stage we can’t be sure that these incidents are linked, but of course we’re keeping an open mind.

“We want to put a stop to this before someone gets hurt. It’s lucky that no one has been injured, but significant damage has been caused. This sort of reckless behaviour takes up fire crews’ time and could delay them responding to a life-and-death emergency.

“Please tell us if you know someone who is coming home in the early hours smelling of smoke.”

If you have any information which could enquiries, you can report it here, quoting reference 40332/15, or by calling 101.

Otherwise you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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