Shropshire

Cars in Telford set on fire in suspected arson attacks

A number of cars have been targeted in suspected arson attacks in Telford.

Up to seven vehicles were set alight in the Leegomery area, the fire service said. Crews were initially alerted to a fire in Leegate Avenue at 01:52 BST.

Three crews dealt with six incidents in all, including ones in Halifax Drive, Cheltenham Court, Chepstow Drive and Aintree Close, a spokesman said.

Police added that forensic officers were helping to identify the cause of the fires. No-one was injured.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said the force had been notified of five cars that appeared to have been "set alight deliberately" in the Leegomery area of the Shropshire town.

'Open mind'

He said: "Three vehicles have been destroyed while two others have suffered significant damage.

"Officers are working with fire investigators to establish the cause of the fires and forensic officers are attending each scene to look for further evidence.

"Although police are investigating the possibility that the same individual or individuals are responsible for each fire, they are keeping an open mind.

"Additional patrols will be taking place in Leegomery over the next few days to provide reassurance to local people."

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