Detectives investigating a spate of arson attacks in the north of Bristol say they believe two people are responsible - while extending their appeal for help from residents as they look for CCTV footage of the culprits.
Avon and Somerset Police have said a total of 23 vehicles in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Patchway and Stoke Gifford were destroyed due to fires lit between 1am and 4.40am on Sunday morning.
They include several minibuses belonging to Four Towns and Vale Link Community Transport, which provides valuable transport services for vulnerable adults and children. Today, people in the community have been offering their help those in need of a lift in the area.
This lunchtime, Detective Inspector Will Thorpe released a statement in which he said he believed two people were responsible for the attacks.
He said: “We’re carrying out a thorough investigation into this series which has not only destroyed tens of thousands of pounds worth of vehicles but has left a charity unable to provide vital support to those in the local community.
“Officers have carried out a number of house to house enquiries already and have also gathered CCTV from the area which appears to be of significance.
“While we remain in the early stage of our inquiry, an initial review of the footage suggests two people were responsible for the attacks.
“A number of people have already contacted us with information following yesterday’s public appeal and we’re really grateful for the support.
“But we’re still keen to hear from local residents – particularly those in the Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford areas – who have CCTV, door camera or dash cam footage which captured two people together between 1am and 4.40am.
“If residents with cameras could review their footage and contact us on 101 if they see anything suspicious, it could prove to be crucial to our investigation.”
DI Thorpe added: “Our specialist crime scene investigators continue to work closely with our colleagues in the fire service to examine the vehicles which were targeted while neighbourhood officers remain in the area carrying out reassurance patrols.
“Should anyone have any concerns about this series I’d encourage them to speak to an officer.”
Anyone who can help should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222078490.
Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.