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23 November 2012, 17:19
Crimestoppers have offered a reward of up to £1000 if people have information on an arson attack in Suffolk.
Members of the public could be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000 if they have information about a recent arson attack on 3 fuel tankers in Hadleigh.
The reward is available from the independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and charge of the individual(s) responsible for the incident which occurred on Friday 16 November.
It happened shortly before 6.45pm at a business premises on the Lady Lane Industrial Estate and took 50 firefighters to bring it under control. It is thought that the fire was started deliberately and has caused half a million pounds worth of damage.
A Crimestoppers reward was originally offered in April 2012 following a spate of arsons in the Hadleigh area but the offer has now been extended. The most recent incidents involve a van parked in Raven Way and this attack on the 3 fuel tankers. Anyone with information on any of these incidents will be eligible to claim a Crimestoppers reward of up to £1000.
Crimestoppers, which allows people to give information 100% anonymously on the 24/7 number 0800 555 111 and via a secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org, is urging members of the public to come forward with information to help catch those responsible.
Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers said: “This brazen attack on the 3 fuel tankers could have resulted in injury or even death for nearby residents. Hadleigh is an extremely safe place to live so these incidents have shocked the local community”.
She continued: “Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this thoughtless crime can be solved – you could help stop further arson attacks. We do not ask for your name and no call is traced or recorded. You won’t have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 24 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our anonymity promise.”
She added: “Has someone you know displayed unusual behaviour on the nights of these events? Has someone confessed to being involved? Perhaps someone witnessed an event or saw suspicious activity in the area on one of the nights? Crimestoppers wants to receive any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem”.
Only information given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 that leads to an arrest and charge is eligible for the reward. Information can be given online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but information will not be eligible for a reward this way.
Officers from Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service will be available to talk to the public in Hadleigh’s Market Place on December 6. They will have their Fire Experience Unit with them.