Police investigate possible arson over spate of bin fires

Fire crews were called to a flat fire in Wymondham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Fire crews were called to a flat fire in Wymondham. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Investigations have been launched into a spate of rubbish bins set on fire at locations close to Diss in the space of 45 minutes.

Firefighters were called to tackle blazes in Scole, Thelveton and Roydon in the early morning of Thursday, September 12.

Police have launched investigations into the circumstances surrounding fires which all occurred between shortly after 5am and 5.45am.

At 5.07am a fire crew from Diss were called to extinguish a hedge and bin on fire in Scole. Then at 5.32am firefighters from East Harling used reel jets and a thermal imaging equipment to tackle a refuse bin on fire on Old High Road in Roydon.

An appliance from Diss was then called to extinguish a bin fire on Church Road in Thelveton at 5.43am.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: "Police were called to two incidents in which it is believed two wheelie bins had been set alight at two separate addresses in Scole, Diss at around 5.30am this morning.

"Officers were then called to further property in Roydon following another wheelie bin fire at around 6am. These are currently being treated as arsons. An investigation is ongoing and one of the lines of enquiry is that these incidents are linked."

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Meanwhile a crew from East Harling were also called to put out grass on fire on The Ling at Wortham at 6.19am.