Can you help capture Havant taxi firm arsonists?

APPEAL Steve Elsley at the fire-hit office. Inset, a silver car police want to trace as the driver may have seen the offenders.
APPEAL Steve Elsley at the fire-hit office. Inset, a silver car police want to trace as the driver may have seen the offenders.

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POLICE have released CCTV in the hunt for arsonists who targeted a taxi firm.

Five taxis from 626 Cars were vandalised and the firm’s control centre was destroyed in an arson attack last year.

APPEAL A silver car police want to trace as the driver may have seen the offenders.

APPEAL A silver car police want to trace as the driver may have seen the offenders.

Owner Steve Elsley believes he is the victim of a vendetta as several other cars were damaged in the months before the attack.

Now police have released an image of cars near the taxi office in Brockhampton Lane, Havant, on December 22 – the night of the arson attack.

Police say there were two suspects.

One appears to put something in the letterbox – thought to be what started the fire – while another man keeps a look out.

Two cars were seen driving by, one black and one which looks silver.

Police say the drivers may hold vital information.

Detective Constable Deborah Alexander, from Waterlooville CID, hopes the picture may jog someone’s memory.

She said: ‘This was a terrible crime which devastated a business and affected the livelihoods of employees for some time.

‘The CCTV is not of the best quality but we’re hoping that someone, somewhere will recall seeing these vehicles or people in the area and may get in touch.

‘Arson is a serious crime which not only causes physical damage, but mental anguish to its victims. I’d urge anyone who has any information to come forward as soon as possible and tell us what you know.’

Mr Elsley now has new premises and, despite what’s happened, is upbeat.

He said: ‘It has cost us a lot of money but in a way it has helped.

‘We’ve actually increased the number of customers – they have been brilliant through all this.’

Call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.