'Serial arsonist' hunted by police after 11 cars torched in a month

Police in Cornwall hunt suspected ‘serial arsonistafter ELEVEN cars are set alight around Bodmin in the space of a few weeks

  • 11 vehicles targeted by ‘serial arsonistin four mile radius of Bodmin, Cornwall
  • Devon and Cornwall Police have linked the attacks and issued a public appeal
  • First vehicle torched on August 20 and latest attack occurred on September 28
  • Officers believe cars are targeted in areas where public surveillance is limited
  • Police are hunting a suspected ‘serial arsonistwho is believed to be behind separate blazes that destroyed 11 vehicles in the space of a month.

    The latest incident in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw two more cars set alight in the Bodmin area of Cornwall.

    It follows four eerily similar attacks in the locality that saw more than seven other vehicles torched.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have linked the separate arson attacks and issued a public appeal for anyone with information or doorbell footage to come forward.

    Officers believe that the cars are being deliberately targeted by the offender(s) in areas where public surveillance is limited.

    Police are hunting a suspected ‘serial arsonistwho is believed to be behind separate blazes that destroyed 11 vehicles in the space of a month

    The latest incident in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw two more cars set alight in the Bodmin area of Cornwall

    The latest incident in the early hours of Tuesday morning saw two more cars set alight in the Bodmin area of Cornwall

    Three vehicles were targeted in Robartes Road, Bodmin

    Devon and Cornwall Police have linked the separate arson attacks and issued a public appeal for anyone with information or doorbell footage to come forward

    Devon and Cornwall Police have linked the separate arson attacks and issued a public appeal for anyone with information or doorbell footage to come forward

    In most of the incidents, police believe one vehicle was set on fire before the flames spread to other vehicles in the vicinity.

    The spate of attacks first began in the early hours of Friday, Augustus 20, when a car was targeted in Vivian Road, Bodmin.

    This was followed by a string of attacks which saw four vehicles set alight between Robartes Road and Harleigh Road on Sunday, Augustus 22.

    Three more vehicles, two cars and a van, were torched again in Robartes Road on September 7.

    Op September 18, a car and a van were again targeted, this time in Truro Road, Lanivet.

    The following day two more cars were set ablaze in Beacon Hill, while on September 28 the total number of vehicles targeted by the ‘arsonistreached eleven when two more cars were destroyed in a deliberate fire.

    Slamming the ‘idiotsbehind the attacks, Inspector Regie Butler-Card appealed for Bodmin residents to come forward with any dashcam or doorbell camera footage that could assist with police’s enquiries.

    Insp Butler-Card said: ‘This is the fifth incident of this nature in recent weeks and obviously it has seen multiple cars set alight.

    ‘We are investigating these incidents. Ongelukkig, it’s not an easy one to do and does rely on the public where possible to help.

    Slamming the 'idiots' behind the attacks, Inspector Regie Butler-Card (op die foto) appealed for Bodmin residents to come forward with any dashcam or doorbell camera footage that could assist with police's enquiries

    Slamming the ‘idiotsbehind the attacks, Inspector Regie Butler-Card (op die foto) appealed for Bodmin residents to come forward with any dashcam or doorbell camera footage that could assist with police’s enquiries

    In most of the incidents, Devon and Cornwall Police believe one vehicle was set on fire before the flames spread to other vehicles in the vicinity

    In most of the incidents, Devon and Cornwall Police believe one vehicle was set on fire before the flames spread to other vehicles in the vicinity

    ‘These sort of investigations are often slow, methodical but we are on it and have officers and detectives looking into them and making enquiries.

    ‘We are working closely with our local fire teams who are on the ball with this and have put in place a plan of action of stuff we’re doing together.

    “I appreciate this is frustrating and it is for me toobecause it’s either one, two or a few idiots who are doing these fires.

    ‘Gelukkig, huidiglik, it’s just vehicles and not something more severe and I want to catch them before it gets worse, but we need the eyes and ears of the public to help us achieve that.

    ‘I’m asking the public, especially anyone within the area where the latest fire has taken place, to check any CCTV or doorbell cameras that they have between midnight and 4am this morning.

    ‘We believe that those who are behind these fires are looking around and not just picking these cars at random.

    ‘It’s possible that people who don’t live near where the incident has taken place could have caught them on their cameras having a look around.

    ‘Gaan vorentoe, I’d ask residents to check their footage regularly as we track down the culprits.

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