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Police probe to find any link to Torquay arson attacks

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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POLICE are investigating whether a car fire in Torquay is connected to a spate of arson attacks in the town over the last six months.

A fire engine was sent to an access road behind Dunmere Road in Ellacombe after calls a car was on fire.

When they arrived they found the vehicle was already well alight and was severely damaged.

A fire investigator later found it was deliberately set alight.

A police spokesman said: "We are trying to understand if there are any links between this incident and others previously reported to us."

The blaze was put out using a hose reel jet by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.

The incident happened at 9.20pm on Saturday, February 16.

At the end of last year police launched Operation Gallon after a series of arson attacks on vehicles, sheds and bins, mostly in the Ellacombe area and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The number of arson attacks has significantly reduced in the wake of Operation Gallon.

However, nobody has yet been convicted of the crimes and the operation is still running.

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  • uquip  |  February 22 2013, 1:54PM

    We've found a connection sarge, maybe some sort of strange calling card, a pile of little wooden sticks all burn't at one end. Ummm matches officer bumble. Don't know sarge, we haven't sent anything to forensics to see if anything matches yet sarge.

  • MrMikeHunt  |  February 22 2013, 10:07AM

    Well there is either one arsonist in Torquay who has set fire to over 50 cars, vans, garages, language schools etc over the last 12 months. Or over 50 arsonists in Torquay who have each set fire to one item each. This is Torquay, so either could be true. Or it could be something in between, maybe 10 arsonists each setting fire to 5 or 6 items each. This is probably as far as the Police have got.

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