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POLICE investigating a £100,000 arson attack are scouring CCTV in a bid to find the culprits.

Eleven cars had paint stripper poured over them in the lead-up to last Friday’s blaze at the Andicars compound in Downley Road, West Leigh.

DESTRUCTION The aftermath of the arson attack last week

DESTRUCTION The aftermath of the arson attack last week

Seven vehicles were written off and even more damaged in the attack.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Kerry Loveless, said of the Andicars arson: ‘This is a very serious incident which has caused in excess of £100,000 worth of damage.

‘On this occasion no-one was injured as a result of the incident, which is fortunate given the nature of the fire.

‘This is not the first time vehicles belonging to Andicars appear to have been damaged recently.

‘We’re investigating the possibility that previous incidents could be linked to this latest incident.

‘We continue to appeal to anyone who may have seen people or vehicles in the area of Downley Road or Rowan Road in the early hours of the morning. We have already contacted nearby residents and businesses.

‘Other ongoing lines of enquiry include detailed searches of the area, forensic examinations and reviewing local CCTV in an effort to identify who is responsible.’

The taxi firm put up a £25,000 reward after the arson attack last week.

Clayton Cairns, a director of Andicars, said: ‘The reward still stands. Someone out there knows who did this.

‘Please give the police any information you have.’

In December 2011 626 cars was victim of a similar incident when paint stripper was poured over its vehicles and their office in Brockhampton Lane was burned down.

No-one has been ever been apprehended over it.

Chief Inspector Ali Heydari said: ‘The investigation team is aware of this damage that took place.

‘We’re not aware of any link at this moment but we’re not ruling out anything.’

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.