Hunt for arsonist who torched up to 40 cars: 20 vehicles parked overnight in Rolls Royce factory car park near Bristol are part of ‘kill trail’
- Up to 40 vehicles have been damaged in a number of arson attacks near Bristol
- Early this morning the first car fire was reported in Stoke Gifford around 1.30am.
- Around 20 cars were damaged in a fire at a Rolls Royce parking lot
Up to 40 cars and vans were damaged in a huge series of arson attacks near Bristol early this morning.
Police said they were first called to a car fire in Stoke Gifford very early in the day, before several more calls arrived for further attacks, including one by a Rolls Royce facility .
So far, no injuries or damage to buildings have been reported, but some vehicles are so badly damaged that police are struggling to determine who owns them.
Avon and Somerset Police are also appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage.
A Rolls-Royce car park was among the targets as up to 40 cars were torched in a single night of chaos in South Gloucestershire
Vans were damaged in Bradley Stoke (pictured) as fuel tanks exploding are believed to have woken residents
Around 20 cars are believed to have been damaged in a fire that broke out in a car park at a Rolls Royce facility near Bristol (Pictured: Rolls Royce in Flinton)
The first call came in at around 1.30am on Sunday April 3, reporting a vehicle fire in New Road, Stoke Gifford.
At 5.30am there were further reports of up to 20 vehicles set on fire at locations in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford.
At around 3.45am, other vehicles were on fire in a parking lot at Rolls Royce, Filton. About twenty vehicles were damaged there during the spread of the fire.
The inhabitants were awakened by the sound of the explosion of the fuel tanks of the vehicles.
Police will conduct house-to-house investigations to try to establish who is responsible for the arson
Police said they were first called to a car fire in Stoke Gifford in the early hours of the morning, with others later attacked in Bradley Stoke (pictured), Little Stoke and Patchway
Bradley Stoke Mayor and City Council spokesman Tom Aditya said the “appalling and shameful” attacks were “unheard of” in Bradley Stoke.
Speaking to the BBC, he called on police to “deploy a dedicated task force to identify the culprit”.
He said two of the vehicles belonged to the council and he was waiting for technicians to assess the extent of the damage.
Avon and Somerset Police are currently appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage after the ‘appalling’ series of arson attacks
In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are working closely with the fire and rescue services to respond to these incidents.” Officers will conduct house-to-house inquiries and conduct a thorough investigation alongside Avon Fire and Rescue.
“At this early stage, the damage makes it difficult to identify vehicles in order to inform owners. We would like to hear from anyone who finds their own vehicle damaged, as well as anyone with information or a dash cam, CCTV or other footage that could help our investigations.