Bus and car destroyed in arson attacks

The burnt-out bus
The burnt-out bus
10:22am, Sun 18 Oct 2020
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Police are investigating a series of arson attacks in which a car and a bus were destroyed.

The three incidents in the early hours of Sunday in Chippenham Wiltshire, are being linked by officers.

The first attack took place in Chelwood Close shortly after 1.30am when a black Honda Civic was set alight, destroying the vehicle.

The black Honda Civic car was destroyed in the arson attack (Wiltshire Police/PA).

Then, at approximately 2.10am, a bin store was set on fire at a block of flats in Rudman Park.

Shortly afterwards, CCTV inquiries revealed that a bus parked at the Olympiad leisure centre in Sadlers Mead had been set alight.

The bus was also destroyed and the building nearby was damaged.

A bin store was also damaged in Chippenham (Wiltshire Police/PA).

Sergeant Jansen Carter said: “Luckily, our colleagues from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service were able to control the fires at each location and no-one was hurt.

“These senseless acts of criminal damage will have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, including destroying a school bus.

“Our inquiries are progressing at pace in the town and I would urge anyone with information to call us immediately on 101.

“I would like to reassure our communities we will be putting as much resource into this as we can to locate those responsible.”

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