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Four fires all being treated as suspicious

September 19, 2012, 12:28 pm

Wednesday September 19, 2012

Police in Gloucester are working with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service as they investigate a number of fires in the city.

The most recent incident happened between 11pm on Wednesday September 12 and 10:30am on Thursday September 13 at a religious building in Greyfriars.

Its thought that a window was smashed and a fire started inside the property, which caused damaged throughout the premises.

This blaze is being linked to three other fires in the city and they are all being treated as suspected arson.

The incidents being connected are:

  • A wooden outbuilding fire at a business in Kimbrose Way on August 29
  • A fire in a large bin at the rear of a hotel on Southgate Street in the early hours of July 17.
  • An outbuilding at a hotel on Commercial Road overnight between July 3 and July 4

Chief Inspector for the area, Neil Smith, said: “We are currently working with our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service to thoroughly investigate these crimes and we are asking for the communitys assistance.

“We are urging local residents to report any suspicious activity to us immediately, no matter how small it seems. We would much rather receive calls of suspicious circumstances that turn out to be legitimate than miss an opportunity to prevent a crime or detain an offender.

“We would also ask anyone who thinks they may know who is responsible to call us on 101. Dont forget that if you wish to remain anonymous you can also give information to Crimestoppers either through their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”

Police are also investigating a fire at a home in St Michaels Square this morning, Tuesday September 18. However they do not believe this is linked to these previous crimes.

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