Police Investigate New Forest Arson Attacks

Police in Hythe are appealing for witnesses following a number of fires that have been deliberately started in the Forest Front and Netley View area.

Ten cases were reported to police between Sunday April the 18th and Monday April the 27th.
 
Officers say arson is a serious crime that can cause serious damage, injury or even death. It also takes valuable resources away from both the fire service and the police when their support and equipment may be required somewhere else for a serious incident.
 
They added that these fires, if allowed to continue, could end up destroying a beautiful area which is regularly enjoyed by the local community.
 
PCSO Olie Hulse said: “In response to these incidents, both the police and the fire service are providing a high visibility presence within the area to prevent these incidents from continuing. We would also like to reassure the community that this sort of crime will not be tolerated. 
 
“We would ask for your help to assist us in identifying those responsible and to contact us if you have seen or heard anything that may help us with our investigations.”

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