Glasgow & West Scotland

Man sought over deliberate fires in Dumbarton

A man is being sought over two deliberate fires in West Dunbartonshire which caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The first fire at the Milton Inn, Dumbarton, is believed to have been started at about 05:20 on 8 August.

A short time later, local car dealership Lindsay's Vauxhall was targeted, causing about £65,000 of damage to vehicles.

Police believe the same man, who was caught on CCTV, started both fires.

The suspect is described as male, with a slim build and of average height.

Public appeal

At the time of the fire attacks, he was wearing a black tracksuit, possibly Adidas, with light coloured stripes down the sleeves and legs, and he had the hood up. He was also wearing white trainers.

It is believed he fled in the direction of Dumbarton.

Det Sgt Gordon Pettigrew, of Strathclyde Police, said: "Thankfully no one was injured in these two fires, which have been deliberately set by the suspect who has been captured on CCTV.

"Although the incidents took place very early in the morning, it still would have been quite light, and I would appeal to any regular early morning commuters who may have been in the vicinity of Dumbarton Road at the time the incidents took place, as they may have vital information that may help with our enquiries.

"It is very important we trace the individual responsible who clearly has no regard for the damage or possible injuries his actions could have caused."

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