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BURNT OUT This Subaru car in River Street, Westbourne, was among those hit
BURNT OUT This Subaru car in River Street, Westbourne, was among those hit
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ARSONISTS left a trail of destruction after going on the rampage and setting light to four vehicles.

Firefighters were called to four separate vehicle blazes in Westbourne and Leigh Park within the space of an hour.

Detectives have linked all the incidents and believe they are part of a spate of car fires on the Hampshire and West Sussex border within the past few weeks.

Firefighters were first called to River Street, Westbourne, where a silver Nissan pick-up truck was on fire at about 11.50pm on Tuesday, close to Westbourne Primary School.

Firefighters put out the flames while another crew went to tackle a second fire further up the road.

A silver Subaru Impreza had been deliberately set on fire.

Half an hour later a crew from Havant was called to a BMW on fire in High Lawn Way, Leigh Park.

And only four minutes after that, at 12.34am yesterday, firefighters were called to a minibus which was on fire in Brockenhurst Avenue, Leigh Park.

The vehicles were severely damaged by fire.

One of the owners, a mum from Westbourne, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I woke up and it was already in flames. Neighbours knocked on the door and told us.

‘I am really upset. I’m shocked.’

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: ‘It’s a really terrifying thing to do to people. We moved to the village to get away from all the anti-social behaviour and now it’s happened right outside our house.’

Detective Sergeant Russ Burgess, from West Sussex CID, said: ‘These are the latest in a series of about a dozen deliberate car fires that have occurred in the area and over the border into Hampshire over the last month or so.

‘If anyone witnessed anything suspicious around the locations last night or has any information about these or other car fires, please call us.’

A 24-year-old man from Portsmouth and a 27-year-old man from Southsea were arrested in the early hours of yesterday in Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, on suspicion of arson.

Anyone with information should call 0845 60 70 999, quoting serial 0006 of 12/10.