Arsonists’ trail of destruction

Burnt out cars yards apart on Stow Road, Wisbech.
Burnt out cars yards apart on Stow Road, Wisbech.

ARSONISTS caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in Wisbech in the early hours of this morning (Thursday) after eight cars and an estate agent’s sign were set alight in less than two hours.

The owner of a Toyota set alight in Oakley Close hit out at the culprits and said there was no consideration given to the potential danger of people living nearby.

The woman, who does not want to be named, said: “We live in a bungalow. The car was less than three feet away from our dining room window. I just keep thinking about that poor family in Derby [Mick and Mairead Philpott’s six children died after their house was set alight]. What if my grandchildren had been staying over and nobody spotted the fire?”

The first incident was reported at 2.10am after a silver MG was set alight at the junction of Elizabeth Terrace and Ramnoth Road.

At 2.50am, a fire crew from Wisbech was called to two car fires on Oakley Close.

At the same time, a report was received of an estate agent’s sign on fire in nearby Bush Lane and a Vauxhall Corsa suffered slight damage after offenders tried to set fire to its number plate.

Just half an hour later, Peugeot 206 and a Daewoo Matiz were set on fire at Stow Road and a Renault Clio and a grey Saab 93 were targeted at 3.25am at Lerowe Road.

Detective Sergeant Matt Swash said: “I would urge anyone who knows who is responsible for these fires to contact police. Some of the cars were destroyed by the fire while others only suffered superficial damage.

“Several witnesses have reported seeing youths in the area, both on foot and on bicycles, at the time of the incidents and I am keen to speak to anyone who has information about who they are.”

Anyone with information is asked to call DS Swash on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.