Teenager arrested over bin fires

By Nigel Slater 17/02 Updated: 17/02 16:41

A TEENAGER was arrested after a wheelie bin was set alight twice in less than 24 hours outside an Evesham home.

The bin was first set on fire in Coronation Street just after midnight on Wednesday (February 15) and again about 8pm later that day.

On both occasions the homeowner heard a knock on the door and then went into the street to find the wheelie bin on fire close to the front door. Luckily the resident managed to extinguish the flames each time.

Police questioned a teenage boy last night (Thursday) before releasing him on bail but they are still urging witnesses to come forward.

PC David Howells from Evesham police station said he did not believe the fires had a connection to the death of Andrew Heath who was found dead at his Worcester flat after a suspected arson attack in December.

"Luckily, no people or property other than the bin were affected by the fires and I would like to reassure anyone concerned that we do not believe there is any connection with the recent death of Andrew Heath in Worcester," he said.

"However, I would like to say whoever was responsible for the fires in Coronation Street that the fire that killed Mr Heath shows just how dangerous starting bin fires can be and we are treating this as arson, which is a serious offence.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the Coronation Street area at the time of the offences and either witnessed what happened or saw anything suspicious, to get in touch."

Anyone with information about the incident should call PC Howells on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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