Man arrested over phone mast fires in Bristol

A man has been arrested by police investigating a series of fires at four phone masts in the Bristol area.

Fires were started in the early hours of Monday at Curtis Lane in Stoke Gifford and at Ram Hill near Coalpit Heath.

On Tuesday, fires were discovered at a substation connected to a phone mast on Sir Johns Lane and on Coombe Lane in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said they believed the blazes were linked.

A 33-year-old man from the greater Bristol area, whose vehicle was stopped by officers in Bradley Stoke early on Thursday, has been arrested on suspicion of four counts of arson, police said.

He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.

Det Ch Insp Andy Bevan said: "These fires caused serious damage to the masts and affected some radio station broadcasts.

"It was also a reckless act. Firefighters had to attend and put out fires involving electricity and this presented them with very real dangers.

"Whoever is responsible has given no thought to the safety of those people. We're treating these offences very seriously."

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