Police arrest two boys after arson spree carnage in Havant

TWO teenage boys have been arrested following a spate of arsons which obliterated caravans, cars and a flatbed truck.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 1:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th April 2018, 3:51 pm
The aftermath

The attacks took place across Havant and Bedhampton, with at least six areas being hit during the two-hour spree.

Dozens of firefighters from Havant, Emsworth, Waterlooville, Cosham, Portchester and Southsea were mobilised to tackle the multi-blaze attack, which began just before midnight.

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The aftermath

The focus of last night’s mobilisation was at Awbridge Road, Bedhampton, where a number of vehicles were torched.

Hampshire police said the force had been alerted by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at about 12.36am after two caravans, three cars, a flatbed truck and a tree were damaged.

A spokeswoman added two boys were now being questioned by officers, saying: ‘We can confirm that we have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of six counts of arson and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of six counts of arson and assault of a police officer.

‘The boys are both in custody.’

Cars and caravans destroyed in Awbridge Road, Bedhampton Picture: Tom Cotterill

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the incident, or those with any information, to call 101 quoting reference number 4180150282.

The aftermath
Cars and caravans destroyed in Awbridge Road, Bedhampton Picture: Tom Cotterill