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Police suspect arson in Shepton

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for the public’s help following a series of suspicious fires. All of the fires started in Shepton Mallet between 31 July and 6 August in the Millennium Way and Nightingale Grove areas.

Details are as follows:

31 July – early evening started on very dry brush land on Millennium Way, close to a shed in nearby Somerset Close. A fence and two sheds were affected.

1 August – during the afternoon a fire was started with coal and kindling under a hedge running the side of a house just off Millennium Way in Nightingale Grove. The victim and a neighbour extinguished the fire. Shortly afterwards a further small fire was located close to a property off Millennium Way but extinguished by residents.

2 August – two further fires were discovered opposite a house in Millennium Way. There were three small fires discovered later in the area, which were also put out by the fire service.

6 August – a small fire was located on a path closer near to Collett Park Pond which was extinguished by town council staff.

Police enquiries into the fires are continuing. They would like to hear from anyone who was in the area where the fires took place. Did you see anything? Do you have information that might be helpful?

Anyone able to help is asked to contact the Police quoting reference 5219176465

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