Cretingham: 9,000 bales of straw set alight and bins burnt out in spate of arson attacks


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Police are possibly linking several incidents of arson in the Cretingham area.

The first incident occurred when a cart at the edge of a garden in Swan Lane was targeted on Sunday, September 7 when an attempt was made to set light to a laminated poster attached to the cart.

On the same day, between 9am and 10am, a wheelie bin was set alight at a neighbouring property in Swan Lane.

The next incident happened between 7pm on Friday, September 19 and 9.30am on Saturday, September 20, when a recycling bin was moved from under a tree to the edge of a drive in Otley Road and set alight.

And on Saturday, September 20 in Otley Road, about 9,000 bales of straw were set alight.

Then in the early hours of last Monday the laminated poster on the cart that was first targeted on September 7 was set alight again – along with a small section of roofing felt on the cart.

Pc Mark Bryant of the rural crime team said: “We are looking at the possibility that all these incidents are linked due to the location of them.

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“Rural crime is a force priority and we are doing targeted patrols into these and other rural crime incidents.

“We ask anybody with information to these particular incidents to call 101, of if they see anything suspicious going on at the time or if they believe there is a crime in progress to call 999.”

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call the Saxmundham and Framlingham Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting reference LE/14/1045, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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