Bin blazes spread fear in New Bilton

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ARSONISTS torched several bins in and around New Bilton on Saturday, leaving residents fearful that their cars or homes could be targeted next.

The group of six youths, who were spotted on CCTV, started fires in Pinfold Street, Jubilee Street, Eliot Court and Lawford Bridge Close. Two of the fires spread to a garage, a shed and trees and only the quick actions of the fire brigade prevented further damage.

A flat-owner from Lawford Bridge Close, who did not want to be identified, said: “I just hope they manage to catch whoever’s responsible before it happens again.

“The bins here are much bigger than typical wheelie bins and would have been right next to people’s cars whenever they were set alight.

“Because they’re so big they could have caused a fire of considerable size and caused a lot of damage if the fire had spread to nearby buildings or cars. It was also alarming to see the police around the flats when I returned from work.”

Police believe the fires were started just after 2am on Saturday.

PCSO Fran Carty of Rugby police said: “We’re taking these acts of deliberate arson very seriously and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“The incidents could have been much worse if it wasn’t for the quick actions of fire offices.

“Through our door-to-door enquiries and our review of the available CCTV footage we’ve been able to put descriptions together of the culprits and I’d urge anyone who saw anything suspicious on Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday to come forward.

“Someone may also have heard one of the culprits boasting about their exploits.”

The group of six consisted of four white males and two females. One of the males had a distinctive army camouflage jacket on while another had a mohican hair cut.

One of the females is described as having a dark long ponytail worn to the side and the other female is described as being of large build. Contact Warwickshire Police on (01926) 415000 and quote incident Wk-20120129-0037.