Police appeal for witnesses after double arson attack in Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 15:28 03 January 2018

Police appeal for witnesses after arsonists destroy bins. Picture: Supplied

Police appeal for witnesses after arsonists destroy bins. Picture: Supplied

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Police are appealing for information after two arson attacks in Letchworth town centre this week.

The first fire was started in a bin at the back of Carpets Direct in Leys Avenue on Monday at around 6pm. Damage was caused to the bin and two teenage boys were seen running away. They are described as white and aged 16 or 17 years old.

One was said to be wearing a bright blue hooded top and baseball cap and the second boy was wearing a dark tracksuit.

The second fire was started in a bin at the rear of Star Express – also in Leys Avenue at around 6pm – and the fire service attended.

Sergeant Alan Clarke from the Letchworth and Baldock Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “I am treating these as linked offences. This type of mindless, wanton vandalism not only causes financial loss and inconvenience to the victims, but also has the potential to result in the loss of life – should the fire take hold and spread.

“What are clearly deliberate acts can have unthinkable consequences. It causes wasteful deployment of already stretched emergency services and will not be tolerated.

“Police are exploring all lines of enquiry and are calling for anybody with information to contact them as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number 101.

For Monday’s arson, quote reference number G2/18/14, and for Tuesday’s incident quote reference number G2/18/15.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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