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Police investigate spate of arsons in Tonbridge

By Ed McConnell

Detectives are appealing for information after a spate of arsons in Tonbridge.

The incidents, which are believed to be linked, happened between Monday, December 12, and the early hours of yesterday.

Between 12 and 13 December a number of vehicles were damaged after a car parked underneath flats in Crabapple Road was set alight.

Cars in an underground car park in Crabapple Road were targetted

At the same time a short distance away police were called to reports three wheelie bins were on fire.

A motorbike was destroyed and a car severely damaged after a fire was started in an underground car park in Cannons Wharf.

A Christmas wreath which was hanging on the front door of a house in Crabapple Road was set alight in the early hours of yesterday.

The fire caused damage to the door and led to the property being filled with smoke.

Other suspicious blazes have been reported - including damage to an advertising hoarding and piles of rubbish going up in flames - in areas including Cannons Lane, Redbud Road and Medway Wharf Road.

Det Insp Simon Davy said: "Thankfully no one has been injured as a result of any of these incidents. However, any fire started deliberately can easily endanger lives and therefore it is very important we identify anyone who may have been involved. This may be someone you know, who has been staying out late or who has come home smelling of petrol or smoke and is behaving differently.

"We are continuing to follow a number of inquiries, including reviewing any potential CCTV opportunities, carrying out forensic tests and conducting house to house inquiries. We are also urging anyone with information to contact us."

If you can help call the west Kent appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/28221/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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