Bin shed targeted in ‘mindless’ Hitchin arson

The scene after the bin shed fire in Hitchin. Picture: Submitted

The scene after the bin shed fire in Hitchin. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A bin shed was set on fire in Hitchin at the weekend, and police are investigating what is being treated as arson.

Police said the shed in Wedgewood Road, containing five wheelie bins, was set on fire between 1.20am and 1.30am on Saturday.

A wheelie bin was also put on fire in the street.

Two engines from Hitchin fire station attended to deal with the incident, on a night when snow left many motorists stranded. Crews had the fires out by 2.20am.

The arson has been widely condemned on social media as “mindless”, “shocking” and “utterly stupid”.

One neighbour posted: “Such a selfish act – so close to the flats, cars and trees. Very lucky that it didn’t get more out of control.”

Anyone with information that could help police should call 101, quoting crime reference G1/18/698, or report online at herts.police.uk/report. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.