Emergency services join forces after series of arson attacks in Gainsborough

There has been a series of suspected arson attacks in Gainsborough over the last few weeks and emergency services have issued a warning that deliberate fires and other anti-social behaviour incidents will be treated very seriously.

Deliberate fires in the last fortnight include a Seat Ibiza deliberately set on fire on Sandsfield Lane, reported at 12.47am on April 10, a vehicle was alight in Sandsfield Lane, reported at around 9.50pm on April 20, the vehicle was a Ford Transit Connect, nine artic trailers were damaged by fire in Learoyd Road, Hemswell Cliff. This was reported to at around 5am on April 21, and three vehicles on fire in Trinity Street, reported at 2.22am on April 22, the cars on fire were a Hyundai, Golf and Peugeot.

The police are not treating these incidents as a series but they are considering any links between them.

Inspector Gary Brockie, from Lincolnshire Police in West Lindsey, said: “Each incident is being investigated fully and these investigations remain ongoing. Neighbourhood officers are engaging with the local community looking to identify and explore every opportunity to identify and arrest the offenders.

Nine artic trailers were damaged by fire in Hemswell Cliff. Photo by Kirton in Lindsey Fire Station.

"Enhanced patrols are ongoing within the area with support from our Specialist Operations Teams and we are working with colleagues from partner agencies such as Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and West Lindsey District to try and identify anyone involved.

“These offences not only have a huge impact upon the victims but they are clearly dangerous events which not only put the offenders at risk but others around them. We are appealing for anybody with any information to contact us to assist us so that we can prevent future incidents and more importantly prevent any person being injured.

Dan Moss, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue's area manager for prevention and protection, said: "Dealing with these incidents ties up valuable fire and rescue resources and if a call for a life-threatening emergency had come in to us, we could have been delayed in attending because of the mindless actions of selfish people.”

Grant White, communities manager at West Lindsey District Council, said: “We are supporting the police with their investigations and regularly review our public space CCTV cameras to help identify offenders and provide evidential footage.”