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Appeal after suspected deliberate fires near to flats in Newbold

Alert message sent 14/04/2020 11:19:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


We’re appealing for information over a series of suspected arson incidents in storage buildings near to a block of flats in Newbold.

Fire crews and police officers have been called to Devonshire Close three times in the past two weeks following reports of fires being started deliberately.

The most recent took place just after midnight on Sunday 5 April, and a bin store had been targeted. Storage rooms at the flats are also thought to have been set alight at around 11.20pm on Wednesday 29 March and between 5pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 25 March.

No one is known to have suffered any injuries but damage has been caused and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or with any information to get in touch.

Work is ongoing by our officers and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to investigate, and to try and prevent any future incidents.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Paul Hawker said: “Setting a fire isn’t funny. Anything from a small grass fire to a building fire, no matter how large, can have far reaching consequences. 

“Thankfully on these occasions, no one was injured, but fire can and does spread very quickly and the story could have been very different.  Deliberate fires also take firefighters away from being available to attend real emergencies, emergencies where there may be a risk to life.”
 
If you saw the incident or if you have any information which could help our inquiries please contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.

Please quote the reference number 20*163021 and name of the officer in the case, DC Elizabeth Cross, in any correspondence.
  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
                                                                                    
Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.
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