Horncastle arson series

Alert message sent 20/02/2020 09:12:00

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Good morning
Unfortunately, we had another series of criminal damage in Horncastle last night. Officers were alerted to a bin on fire on Foundry Street at around 11.20pm. It was believed the fire was started around 11.10pm.
There were then other fires started around Horncastle - three bins on Brook Road near to Jobson Road, and a bin on Queens Street.
Two persons were seen around the same time on Mareham Road, wearing dark tracksuits and one wearing a black baseball cap. These may have been involved.
A wheelie bin outside the Women's Institute building (on the junction of Banks Street with Linden Road) was found ablaze by officers at around 00.45am. This fire had spread to the building, causing damage to the exterior.
A further wheelie bin was found to be on fire on Banks Street at around 01.25hrs this morning.
We are now investigation these latest offences, along with recent other offences around Horncastle.
Officers were on foot patrol around Horncastle for the majority of the night. It can be extremely difficult to trace people who are on foot, actively trying to avoid capture – with the fact the officers also had to deal with each incident as they were reported (or the fires they came across); this meant that, despite their efforts, the offenders were not traced during the night.
We rely heavily on information. It is clear that some people will likely know who is responsible for these offences. CCTV does play an important role in our investigations; however, if persons are in the shadows, wearing dark clothing, this does not always lead to identification so information is vital to us. It doesn’t matter how trivial you may think your information is, it all helps.

I am aware that information is occasionally passed on social media platforms, or people have seen incidents, but not reported them for some time afterwards. I’d like to ask that we are contacted as soon as possible as we can only respond effectively if we are made aware as soon as possible.
If a crime is in progress, or likely to occur imminently, please contact us on 999. If you have any information as to those responsible, please contact us via 101.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have been driving around Horncastle and potentially captured a group of people on dash cam between 11pm last night and 1.30am this morning, or those who have CCTV systems at their home/business and may have captured any footage during the same time period.
As always, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thank you.

Sgt 656 Andrew Price
Community Response
Horncastle Police Station

District Police Station
9-10 The Wong
Horncastle. LN9 6ED
Tel: 101 

Website: www.lincs.police.uk
Crimestoppers: 0800 555111
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