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Council vehicle destroyed in suspected arson attack at Baileys Court

Posted on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at 1:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Aftermath of a suspected arson attack on a storage container at the Baileys Court Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Thousands of pounds of damage has been caused in a suspected arson attack on storage containers located on the edge of the cricket field at the Baileys Court Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Fire crews from Patchway, Southmead and Soundwell attended the incident shortly after 3am on Tuesday morning (22nd July). On arrival, they found two containers well alight.

The fire was extinguished by four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using a 45mm jet reel and a high pressure hose.

A spokesperson for the Avon Fire & Rescue Service said it is believed the fire was started deliberately.

The main part of the fire was in a container used by Bradley Stoke Town Council to house its three-wheel ‘tuk-tuk’ maintenance vehicle, which was completely destroyed (photo). The container is also believed to have housed equipment belonging to Bradley Stoke in Bloom (BSiB) and Bradley Stoke Radio.

Smoke and heat damage was also caused to equipment owned by Bradley Stoke Cricket Club stored in an adjoining container.

The Journal has heard from a number of sources that an attempt had been made to break into the containers the previous night (Sunday night / Monday morning).

More: Police appeal for information about the incident »

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Man arrested in Bradley Stoke in connection with phone mast arson attacks

Posted on Friday 13th June 2014 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

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A 33-year-old man has been interviewed by police in connection with a series of suspected arson attacks on mobile phone masts in the Bristol area after he was arrested in Bradley Stoke in the early hours of Thursday morning (12th June).

The man, from the Greater Bristol area, was arrested on suspicion of “going equipped” after his vehicle was stopped by officers. He was taken into custody and subsequently arrested on suspicion of four counts of arson. He has been interviewed in connection with the offences and released on bail while enquiries are continued.

The fires were started in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday morning. In the early hours of Monday (9th June), masts on Curtis Lane in Stoke Gifford and at Ram Hill near Coalpit Heath were targeted. The following night, a fire was started at a substation connected to a phone mast on Sir Johns Lane in Bristol. On two occasions Avon Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and had to extinguish the fires but one was discovered after it had burnt itself out. The fourth fire, on Coombe Lane in Bristol, was discovered on Tuesday afternoon.

An investigation has begun into the fires and police say they believe that they may be linked. Forensic investigators have been to each site and are working alongside experts from the fire service to understand how the fires were started and preserve any evidence.

According to the Bristol Post, an article published on the Bristol Indymedia website earlier this week, signed off by the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF), claimed responsibility for all of the attacks.

Read more: Man arrested for phone mast arsons in and around Bristol

In other Bradley Stoke police news this week, a tweet from the local beat team on Monday (9th June) stated that “neighbourhood officers have recovered cannabis plants this morning from an address in Bradley Stoke with one man arrested”. Then, on Thursday (12th June), police issued an appeal for information after a member of the public reported seeing a man taking wood “without permission” from Savages Wood. The man is said to have made off in a small silver or white car or van from the car park near the skate park at the nearby Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre shortly before 8am on Sunday 1st June.

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