Man arrested over Bath mast 'arson'

Bath transmitter at Bathampton The Bathampton mast feeds television and radio broadcasts to 80,000 homes

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a communications mast near Bath.

The fire at the Bathampton mast, which feeds television and radio broadcasts to 80,000 homes, started in the early hours of 3 January 2013.

All Freeview television channels, national analogue radio frequencies, digital radio channels and mobile networks in the area were affected.

Police said a 30-year-old man had been arrested and was in custody.

Det Ch Insp Andy Bevan said: "The scale of the damage and the disruption to our communities means this is clearly an offence we are taking extremely seriously."

In June, a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of four counts of arson following a series of fires at phone masts in the Bristol area.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said it was "highly likely" the two cases were connected.

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