Police appeal for help after spate of arson attacks in Runcorn

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

POLICE today appealed for information following four arson attacks in Runcorn.

Three caravans have been deliberately set on fire and a building torched.

PC Tom Callow, of Runcorn Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "Fortunately no-one has been injured in any of the incidents but the consequences could have potentially been far worse had the fires not been put out so quickly.

"Officers are currently following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to these incidents and we are appealing to anyone who has any information in relation to any of the incidents to come forward.

"Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately. Residents with caravans parked near their home are urged to ensure any valuables are removed and to remove items such as gas canisters."

Two incidents involved caravans being set alight on driveways outside homes in Castle Rise and Brookfield Avenue.

Another caravan parked in Sewell Street was destroyed and a single storey empty property in Castlefields Avenue East was burned.

All the incidents happened between 10pm and 1am during the past month.

Police believe all the fires were started deliberately.

Anyone with information can call Cheshire Police on 101.

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