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Police investigation launched after suspected arson attacks in Bestwood Village

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Police are looking to speak to two men in connection with suspected arson attacks in Bestwood Village.

Officers received reports of the fires in the early hours of Tuesday morning (November 16). 

The first fire in School Walk was spotted by the drone team and was able to be extinguished quickly.

A further fire in Bestwood Village was also discovered that involved construction machinery.

Police say they are now looking to track down two men who they believe may have information that will help them with their investigations around the fires – which they believe were started deliberately . 

Both men are believed to be aged between 20 and 30, with one man described as wearing a dark jacket, jogging bottoms and walking with a distinctive limp. 

The second man was wearing a hooded gillet and grey jogging bottoms. 

Detective Sergeant Matt Scott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are trying to track down two men who we believe may be able to help us with our investigations into these suspected arson attacks. 

“Thankfully no one was injured during these fires and with the quick work by officers and working alongside Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service the fires were extinguished without hurting anyone. 

“We don’t believe that residents are under any threat but would like to reassure people that there will be an increased police presence as our enquires continue. 

“But we would like to urge anyone who may have witnessed anything or has any information to come forward to help us with our investigations.”

Watch manager Tim Marston of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Investigation Team said:  “A considerable amount of Police and Fire resources have been deployed as part of our joint investigations, including the use of our regional hydrocarbon detection dog and handler.

“The fire investigations have now been completed and have concluded that these fires were started deliberately.  Our findings have been shared with our police colleagues to assist with the ongoing investigations.

“Deliberate fires can have a significant impact on businesses, homes, communities and the environment, even endangering life.

“Businesses and residents can help protect themselves from deliberate fires by making sure that combustible items and rubbish are not stored against buildings.  We urge them to check their security precautions, such as the effectiveness and condition of perimeter fencing, gates, locks, CCTV and lighting, and to park vehicles in a secure location.

“We would urge anyone who knows anything about these incidents to contact Nottinghamshire Police.” 

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 22 of 16 November 2021.  

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