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Spate of arson attacks in Elmdon

YOBS are putting people and property at risk by torching trees and bushes outside people’s homes in Elmdon.

YOBS are putting people and property at risk by torching trees and bushes outside people’s homes in Elmdon.

There have been five incidents of arson in the suburb over three evenings earlier this week.

In each case, trees were set alight in residential streets after dark – sparking serious concern among residents.

On one occasion the flames spread from the greenery in a homeowner’s garden to their garage.

This week police warned there could be serious consequences if the spate of arsons continues.

Insp Darren Wilson, from Solihull Police, said: “The fact that the trees are being set on fire is disturbing enough.

“But there’s a real danger that the flames could spread to buildings and the culprits are also putting people at risk.

“We’re working closely with the fire services and looking to track down those responsible.”

It’s thought the fires are being started by the same group; possibly youths who are doing it for “a prank.”

The crimes have taken place between 8pm at night and the early hours of the morning.

Anyone with information can call Solihull Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

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