Hitchin CCTV appeal to trace three girls after Starbucks arson

PUBLISHED: 16:05 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 17 July 2018

The three girls police want to talk to about the arson next to Hitchin's Starbucks. Picture: Herts police

The three girls police want to talk to about the arson next to Hitchin's Starbucks. Picture: Herts police

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Officers investigating an arson outside the Hitchin town centre Starbucks have now released a CCTV image of three girls they want to speak to.

The scene after the fire outside Starbucks in Hitchin's Market Place. Picture: Hitchin Fire StationThe scene after the fire outside Starbucks in Hitchin's Market Place. Picture: Hitchin Fire Station

Police said the incidents happened at some point between 12.30am and 1.05am yesterday morning, when rubbish bags stacked up at the side of the Market Place café were allegedly deliberately set on fire.

This caused damage to the Starbucks window and guttering. The blaze was tackled by two passing drain workers, whose actions firefighters said had stopped the incident from becoming much more serious.

Anyone who can help identify the people pictured, or who has any information that could assist the police investigation, should contact Det Sgt Sarah Gilbertson at sarah.gilbertson@herts.pnn.police.uk or on 101, quoting crime reference 41/17928/18. You can also give information at herts.police.uk/report.

Alternatively give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.

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