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Investigation launched following eight deliberate fires in Wrexham overnight

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Aug 28th, 2018.

An investigation is underway following eight incidents of arson in the Wrexham area overnight.

Shortly after midnight (12.08am) this morning two vehicles were set on fire in Colwyn Road and a grass fire was reported next to the church on Smithfield Road.

An hour later (1.14am) a bin was set on fire in Holt Road which caused damage to the BT communication box. Minutes later at 1.34am a minibus parked outside the Ysgol Morgan Llwyd on Cefn Road was set alight.

The temporary traffic lights on Garner Road / Wynnstay Avenue were targeted at 1.43am, a grass fire on Gwenfro was reported at 2.56am and officers were called to Wrexham Rugby Club on Bryn Estyn Road at 6.30am.

Now a joint investigation into the incidents has been launched between North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

Wrexham Town Inspector, Vic Powell said: “We believe all these incidents are linked and that someone in the community of Caia Park knows who is responsible.”

“Setting deliberate fires is an extremely dangerous and reckless thing to do, not only does it pose a risk to life it is also a waste of emergency service resources.

“We are appealing to the community for any information that will assist us with our investigation.”

Tim Owen, Arson Reduction Manager, added: “Deliberate fire setting incidents put extra pressure on fire and rescue resources and place crews and the public at extra risk.

“Deliberate fires are a serious form of anti-social behaviour with potentially lethal consequences and we are working closely with the Police and other partner agencies in the area to try and tackle the problem.”

If anyone has information about the incidents or those who may be responsible, please contact North Wales Police via the webchat system quoting reference W122239.

*Picture sent to Wrexham.com by Marek

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