20th Oct, 2019

Seven cars torched in Redditch street in just three weeks

Imogen Buller 26th Jan, 2018

AT least seven cars have been damaged in a spate of suspected arson fires in Redditch, with three vehicles being set alight in just three weeks.

Three incidents were reported on January 7, 14 and 21 – all in the vicinity of Pembridge Close and Sutton Close in Winyates West.

The fire on January 20 affected two other cars parked on the same road.

Councillor Paul Swansborough (Ukip, Winyates) has been working closely with local police after the attacks sparked fear among the community.

“In the last three weeks, three vehicles have been deliberately set on fire in Winyates West,” he said.

“Every incident has happened in the early hours of the morning when two thirds of the street lighting is turned off and the residential areas are plunged into darkness.

“The situation is very concerning for local residents who now fear for their safety in what is normally a quiet and peaceful area.”

Coun Swansborough met with local Safer Neighbourhood Teams this week to discuss how best to tackle the situation.

“Community safety is top of my agenda.

“We have agreed a plan of action that will hopefully result in the apprehension of these mindless individuals.

“I have also contacted Worcestershire County Council to request an immediate review of the street lighting in the area,” he added.

Inspector Mark Chappell of Redditch Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Officers will be conducting additional patrols in the area and we would ask residents in the community to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour to us.

“If anyone witnessed any of the above incidents or has any information please call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident numbers 0032 of 7 January 2018, 43s of 14 January 2018 or 32s of 21 January 2018.”

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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