Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Havant taxi fleet 'targeted by arsonists'

A Hampshire taxi company's fleet of vehicles has been targeted in suspected arson and vandalism attacks.

Several cars belonging to Andicars were either burnt out or badly damaged when fire ripped through a compound in Havant in the early hours of Friday.

The company said the fire cost them £200,000 and was the latest in a series of incidents affecting their vehicles.

Police said they were investigating and could not yet confirm a link between the fire and previous vandalism.

About a dozen cars have been damaged with paint stripper in the past two months.

In the latest incident it is thought someone entered the compound after cutting a hole through a mesh fence. People living close by said they were woken by a series of explosions.

The company has increased security around its premises and spent £10,000 installing CCTV cameras and hiring security guards to patrol the site overnight.

Sarah Brockett, sales and marketing manager, said: "It has made us all a bit nervous and edgy but we're trying to carry on business as usual."

She said the company was footing the bill for the repairs and had put up a reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever was responsible.

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