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Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after four incidents of arson in the town on one day.
At 3.54pm on Tuesday 27 March 2012 officers were made aware of a fire on the Rodwell Trail. The trail was closed between Osprey Road and Dover Road while Dorset Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the incident.
Later that day, at 5.42pm, a grass area half way between Dumbarton Road and Osprey was set alight.
At 6.42pm police received a report that gorse bushes were on fire on Lodmoor behind the Sea Life Centre.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Services informed Dorset Police of another gorse fire along Louviers Road at 10.10pm.
Acting Inspector Neil Wood, of Weymouth police, said: “I am appealing for witnesses, and anyone with any information about those responsible, to contact police as soon as possible.
“Dorset has some of the finest natural environments and countryside in the UK which are enjoyed by large numbers of residents and visitors alike and we take arson very seriously.
“With the holidays approaching, as always, it is important that parents know the whereabouts of their children and their activities and that families are aware of the dangers of fire and the damage it causes to the environment.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 27:324. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.