Man and boy arrested over 26 arson attacks in Telford

By Sophie Madden | Leegomery | Crime | Published:

A man an a boy have been arrested as part of an investigation into 26 arsons in Telford going back to 2012.

A 26-year-old man and 15-year-old boy, both from Telford, were arrested this morning on suspicion of arson and remain in police custody.

The investigation relates to a total of 26 fires across a five-year period in the Hadley and Leegomery areas of Telford.

Detective Inspector Rob Mountford said: “We are cognisant that the amount of time the investigation has been ongoing may be cause for concern and frustration amongst the community. I’d like to reassure the community that during this time we have not been resting on our laurels.”

“We have been actively investigating the offences and ensuring that all possible lines of enquiry are followed. A great amount of time, effort and investigative work has been dedicated to these crimes, as the public would expect.

He added: “We are treating all 26 incidents as linked and dedicated patrols have been carried out for both reassurance to the local community and to act as a deterrent throughout the investigation.

“As with many investigations information from the public can be key to a breakthrough in a case and we urge anyone who has any information about these fires, no matter how small it may seem, to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information about suspicious fires in the Hadley and Leegomery areas of Telford is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101.

You can give information without giving your name by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.

Sophie Madden

By Sophie Madden

Senior reporter based out of the head office in Ketley covering the Telford area.

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