Man arrested after setting fire to cars in Newton Abbot


A man was arrested following an arson attack in Newton Abbot yesterday, 27th June.

Emergency services were called to Seymour Road at around 5.24am to reports of a man wearing army combats and a gas mask who had used to petrol to set fire to random cars in the street.

A spokesperson said on Newton Abbot police’s Facebook page:
“Within moments, members of the public restrained the male and called Police. At 0530hrs a male was arrested for arson and possession of an offensive weapon,”

“We would like to assure local residents that the male was taken to custody and subsequently remanded. A full investigation is currently underway.
“We would like to thank the brave members of the public who detained the male prior to Police arrival,”

If you have any information that can assist Police please call 101 or email quoting ref CR/51680/17.

Alternatively, if you are a victim of arson/damage from this mornings incident, please call to report this, if you haven’t already.


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