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18 May 2010, 12:39 | Updated: 18 May 2010, 12:42
Police are appealing for information following three car arsons in Southsea which took place within three days.
The three incidents occurred around the same time, in the early hours of the morning, and all three fires were started in the wheel arch of the vehicles, underneath the fuel caps.
Details of the incidents are as follows:
Between 1.50am and 2.05am on Friday, May 14 a Peugeot 206 was set alight while it was parked in Queens Place, Southsea.
At some time between 1.15am and 1.30am on Thursday, May 13 police officers came across a Mini Cooper on fire on Parkstone Road, at the junction with Old Bridge Road, Southsea. A Renault Clio parked next to the Mini was also damaged by the flames.
At some time between 1am and 2am on Wednesday, May 12 a Toyota Aygo was set alight whilst it was parked on Allens Road, Southsea.
PC Kevin Parker, said: “These three arsons are almost identical in the way that they were started and the times they occurred. All three incidents have taken place in the early hours of the morning, mainly between 1am and 2am, on consequtive days, and it is likely that the same person or people were involved in all three.
“If anyone witnesses anything suspicious in the early hours of the morning, or saw anything last week that could be connected to these incidents, please get in touch with us and pass on your information to help us find the person or people responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Parker at Southsea police station on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight call 0845 045 45 45.