Appeal for information following a spate of car fires in Oswestry

West Mercia Police have launched an investigation into arson attacks on seven cars during the early hours of today (27th April). Three further incidents of criminal damage to vehicles and a burglary are also being linked.

The first incident happened at around 3.15am on 27th April when Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to a car fire in Middleton Road. This vehicle was a white MG Maestro registration number G223 UTO this had been stolen from Newton Abbot in Devon during the night of 23rd/24th April.

Within half an hour, reports were received of people attempting to set fire to vehicles in the Oak Street car park. A short time later, similar reports were received from Caer Road, Swan Lane, Ash Road, Crestwood Court and Prince Street - all close to Oak Street.

Some of the cars were severely damaged and others had minor damage from scorching.

Several cars in the locality were also damaged by people running over the bonnets. A burglary at the Gatacre Pavillion is also being linked to the arson attacks.

Police believe that four or five youths were responsible for these crimes.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are working in partnership with West Mercia Police.

If anyone has any information they are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or anonymously to Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.

28th April, 2011