Up to 40 Vehicles Damaged in Arson Attacks in South West England

Up to 40 vehicles were deliberately set on fire in South West England from the early hours of April 3, police said.

According to Avon and Somerset Police, the first call came in at about 1:30 a.m. local time on April 3, reporting that a vehicle was on fire in New Road, Stoke Gifford.

Police then said that about 3:45 a.m., 20 more vehicles were on fire in a car park at Rolls Royce, Filton.

BBC News reported that 15 minibuses used by schools and vulnerable members of the community were among those destroyed.

Charity Four Towns and Vale Link Community Transport, which helps people with mobility issues, owned the minibuses, according to BBC News.

By 5:30 a.m., a further 20 vehicles were set alight across Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, and Stoke Gifford, police said.

There were no reports of injuries or damage to buildings, according to the police.

Bradley Stoke Mayor Tom Aditya called the attacks “appalling and shameful” and were “unheard” of in the town

Aditya called on the police to “deploy a special dedicated team to identify the culprit,” according to BBC News.

Police said an investigation was now underway.

“We’re working closely with the fire and rescue service to respond to these incidents. Officers will be carrying out house-to-house enquiries and making a thorough investigation alongside Avon Fire & Rescue Service,” police said.

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