Wiltshire

Man arrested over suspected £100k arson spree in south Wiltshire

Suspected arson attacks in south Wiltshire Image copyright Amesbury Fire Station
Image caption Fire crews dealt with blazes at garage forecourts in Salisbury, Old Sarum and Durrington and in residential areas of Amesbury.

A man has been arrested following a spate of suspected arson attacks on dozens of cars and an aircraft, at nine different locations in south Wiltshire.

Firefighters dealt with blazes on Friday overnight at garage forecourts in Salisbury and Durrington as well as in residential areas of Amesbury.

An aircraft was also found burnt out at Old Sarum Airfield. Police estimate the damage caused at "over £100,000".

A man, 26, from Amesbury was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of arson.

'Deliberately set alight'

All of the "suspicious fires" took place between 01:38 GMT on Friday and 04:40 GMT on Saturday, Wiltshire Police said.

Det Con Ian Day said: "All the vehicles were unoccupied at the time of the fires and no one was injured however the damage caused is significant and is likely to run over £100,000.

"We are treating the fires as suspicious and believe that the vehicles were deliberately set alight.

"We have made an arrest but I would like to appeal for any witnesses to come forward as they may be able to assist our investigation."

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