Hadleigh: Reward For Info On Arsons

Members of the public could be eligible for a reward of up to £1,000 if they have information on a series of arsons 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 any of the 18 incidents which have occurred since the start of 2012. Since Saturday 1 January, items set alight include; 10 wheelie bins, a motorhome, two cars, a van, a moped, wooden fence, skip, farm machinery and an aviary in Hadleigh and surrounding nearby area. The majority of these offences are occurring in the early to late evening.

The most recent incident happened at Raven Way in Hadleigh at approximately 10.40pm on 30 March 2012. An offender set fire to a Landrover, which then caused a camper van parked nearby to catch alight. Both vehicles suffered significant damage with an approximate cost of £27,000.

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: "These are thoughtless attacks which could have resulted in the injury or even death of an innocent member of the public. Hadleigh is an extremely safe place to live so these incidents have shocked the local community. 

Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so these awful crimes can be solved and 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. You could even get a cash reward without revealing your identity". 

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 also be given online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org but information will not be eligible for a reward this way.