Fire attacks are linked by police

A HUNT has been launched for a gang of firebugs following a series of weekend arson attacks in Nailsea. Police are appealing for information after a number of small fires were started in the town on October 20 and 21. Vandals pushed paper up against the b

A HUNT has been launched for a gang of firebugs following a series of weekend arson attacks in Nailsea.Police are appealing for information after a number of small fires were started in the town on October 20 and 21.Vandals pushed paper up against the back of Rontos in Colliers Walk over the weekend and set light to it, with shop staff discovering the damage when arriving for work on Monday morning.A spokesman for the store said: "We were fortunate that the damage to the door was limited - it could have been a lot worse."There has been some scorching on the door and the slabs at the rear of the property have been blackened."We are very lucky the fire did not take hold of the building."In a separate attack, a load of cardboard was set alight at the rear of Woolworths in the High Street.A rubbish bin was also set light to at the millennium park and discovered smouldering by passers early on Monday.The arson attacks just come weeks after local residents reported seeing youngsters out in the town as early as 5am. Residents said they were concerned that children were sleeping rough.Nailsea community beat officer PC Jenny Clark said: "Although all of these incidents were relatively minor, they could have easily turned into something far more serious if the fire had spread and taken hold of any of the buildings."We believe these incidents to all be related and think they were set during the night or the early hours of the morning."It may have been that there was someone in the area either late at night or early in the morning who has information or saw who was responsible for these attacks."We are appealing for anyone with information to contact Nailsea police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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