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Tayside Police appeal over Kinross fires

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Image caption A series of fires have damaged cars and property in Kinross over the past two weeks

Police have appealed for help tracing a youth and a group of children following fires in Kinross.

Detectives and firefighters have been investigating a series of incidents which have seen properties and cars damaged over the past two weeks.

A teenage boy was seen acting suspiciously near Green Hotel before a car was set on fire on Tuesday.

Police said the group of children was seen playing at Kinross Primary School before a charity bin fire on Monday.

Between 17:00 and 20:15 on Tuesday, four vehicles parked in the Station Road and Lomond Mews areas and near the Green Hotel, along with a derelict building in Pier Road, were set on fire.

Tayside Police said a boy described as being aged between 15 to 16, 5ft 9in tall and wearing a black jacket and grey hooded top was seen acting suspiciously near the hotel.

'Urge parents'

Last week, three cars and a wheelie bin near to High Street and Old Causeway were set on fire between 19:30 and midnight on 23 December.

Police said these incidents had followed two other vehicle fires in Kinross earlier in the month.

A spokesman said: ''While we must keep an open mind in respect of our enquiries into these incidents, we cannot rule out the possibility that they are connected and we would appeal to anyone who can assist our investigation to come forward before another incident takes place.

"Such incidents do not only damage property, they put people at risk.

"Once again we would urge parents to warn their children about the risks associated with fire but also take an interest in what their children are doing during the holidays.

''Don't simply accept that they are going out of an evening. Find out who they are with, where they are going and what they are doing.''

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