Arson attacks in Steyning

Police, investigating a series of arsons in Steyning involving skips and wheelie bins, say CCTV shows an image of a man they would like to trace.

In the early hours of this morning 15 February there were fires in two bins, one in Elm Grove Lane and another in Tanyard Lane. Police are treating these as suspicious.

A few days before on 11 February in the early evening there were two fires - in Oxford Terrace where coats were set alight in a porch and a skip was set alight in Shooting Field.

An earlier fire took place on 20 November when the interior of an Mercedes car, which was parked in a wooden framed building, was set alight.

Sgt Bob Trevis: “We are linked the fires, which are obviously a cause for concern for local residents. CCTV has shown us an image of man we are actively seeking with a number of lines of enquiry underway. Judging by the locations and times of offences we believe it is a man who has local knowledge.

“These fires have happened during the hours of darkness and whilst we investigate I would encourage residents to be mindful of this. Local officers have providing visible patrols and are keen to talk to residents about concerns they may have. As well as being reckless, the person responsible for these deliberate acts is detering the emergency services from other serious calls.

“If you have information that can help us in our investigation please contact Sussex Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”