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Police link series of arson attacks on vehicles and bins

Tuesday, 3rd April 2012.

Police are to instigate extra patrols to try to catch an arsonist they think has been at work on Haverhill's Clements estate.

The town's police chief, Insp Peter Ferrie, said they were linking four incidents of arson this year, all in one part of the estate, and all committed overnight on a Saturday and Sunday.

The first was on New Year's Eve/New Year's Day, when a wheelie bin was set on fire in Clements Lane.

Then, on March 18 two vans were set on fire at the rear of Argyle Court at around 4am, and then a car a few minutes later in Gloucester Road.

Then, in the early houtrs of Sunday morning, April 1, a wheelie bin was set on fire in Harewood Terrace, which caused damaged to two parked vehicles.

"We are linking all of these because of the close nature of their locations and the times they happened," said Insp Ferrie.

"We'll be putting extra foot patrols in place there at that time.Of course, any witnesses or information from the public would be very useful, which they can do by ringing us on the 101 number."

A street light in the area behind Argyle Court has been switched back on again at night, after residents complained they had been frightened to go out and investigate the arson incident because it was so dark.

Suffolk County Council had said lights switched off between midnight and 5.30am as part of a money-saving exercise could be switched back on again if a case was made for them being necessary.

At a recent Haverhill Town Council meeting it emerged the county council were consulting police on requests for this made by the public, but Insp Ferrie said no individual issues had been raised with him to date.

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