Arsonists set fire to seven vehicles overnight in Hove

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Seven vehicles were torched in just a few hours in Hove.

Police and firefighters are now investigating who set fire to the vehicles between 12.05am and 1.45am today (January 25).

Among the damaged vehicles were three vans, a motor tricycle and two cars.

Calls initially came through as a shed on fire, although this was not the case.

At its peak four crews from across the city were tackling fires in the Sackville Road area.

Fires broke out in Byron Street, Holmes Avenue, Amherst Crescent, Coleridge Street, St Patrick’s Road and Mortimer Road.

A Hove firefighter said: “Whoever did this showed a total disregard for other people’s property.

“The fires were very serious.

“In total we had 11 incidents just a few hours apart – they overlapped.

“It was very dangerous.

"Police were driving around looking for the culprit."

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue spokesman said the cause of the fires was being investigated but it looked as though accelerant had been used.

Was your car affected or did you see or photograph the fires?

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9:27am Fri 25 Jan 13

nocando says...

'police were driving around'
do they ever get out of their cars?
'police were driving around' do they ever get out of their cars? nocando

9:33am Fri 25 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane?
Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane? Morpheus

9:53am Fri 25 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Morpheus wrote:
Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane?
Going? It's gone, well gone.
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane?[/p][/quote]Going? It's gone, well gone. Crystal Ball

10:01am Fri 25 Jan 13

Fercri Sakes says...

Morpheus wrote:
Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane?
No, we're all fine.

We ALL think that YOU'RE losing the plot though. All of us do.
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Is it just me that thinks that the human race is going insane?[/p][/quote]No, we're all fine. We ALL think that YOU'RE losing the plot though. All of us do. Fercri Sakes

10:19am Fri 25 Jan 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Did the Greens have a late night at the Town Hall or was there a Bricycle meeting???
Did the Greens have a late night at the Town Hall or was there a Bricycle meeting??? upsidedowntuctuc

10:34am Fri 25 Jan 13

wewe83 says...

And a massive crash on portland road
And a massive crash on portland road wewe83

2:33pm Fri 25 Jan 13

julesgemini says...

We had a burglary at the same time in Davigdor Road just round the corner! Did anyone else see anything?
We had a burglary at the same time in Davigdor Road just round the corner! Did anyone else see anything? julesgemini

2:56pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Mutteroo says...

One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did. Mutteroo

6:47pm Fri 25 Jan 13

D360 says...

Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door?

Are you simple?

Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?
[quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door? Are you simple? Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come? D360

7:36pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Curtiantwitcher says...

2 police cars sat outside our house all night, no knock on the door through.

Not that we saw anything anyway. Unfortunately.
2 police cars sat outside our house all night, no knock on the door through. Not that we saw anything anyway. Unfortunately. Curtiantwitcher

8:49pm Fri 25 Jan 13

BenUk says...

when we catch them we should make them watch us burn all there belongings while we laugh in there faces! or better still burn them! god help them if these rejects of society come near me i will not be held responsible for my actions.
when we catch them we should make them watch us burn all there belongings while we laugh in there faces! or better still burn them! god help them if these rejects of society come near me i will not be held responsible for my actions. BenUk

9:18pm Fri 25 Jan 13

jconcerned says...

how long before one of these car fires which could be parked in front of a window or door will cause a house fire and then we could be looking for a killer!
how long before one of these car fires which could be parked in front of a window or door will cause a house fire and then we could be looking for a killer! jconcerned

1:27am Sat 26 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

nocando wrote:
'police were driving around'
do they ever get out of their cars?
Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend.
[quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: 'police were driving around' do they ever get out of their cars?[/p][/quote]Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend. Freeloaders

1:34am Sat 26 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
About time people wake up.That police force does know real work.All they do is bring in money for the Goverment now.But real crime for people like above."You will never see them my friend."Apart from their drive to Asda every night lol.
[quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]About time people wake up.That police force does know real work.All they do is bring in money for the Goverment now.But real crime for people like above."You will never see them my friend."Apart from their drive to Asda every night lol. Freeloaders

7:01am Sat 26 Jan 13

willy harris says...

D360 wrote:
Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door?

Are you simple?

Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?
how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx
[quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door? Are you simple? Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?[/p][/quote]how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx willy harris

3:15pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

willy harris wrote:
D360 wrote:
Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door?

Are you simple?

Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?
how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx
LOL. You hit that on the head my friend.
[quote][p][bold]willy harris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door? Are you simple? Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?[/p][/quote]how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx[/p][/quote]LOL. You hit that on the head my friend. Freeloaders

3:18pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

willy harris wrote:
D360 wrote:
Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door?

Are you simple?

Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?
how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx
LOL. You hit that on the head my friend.
[quote][p][bold]willy harris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door? Are you simple? Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?[/p][/quote]how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx[/p][/quote]LOL. You hit that on the head my friend. Freeloaders

10:04pm Sat 26 Jan 13

D360 says...

willy harris wrote:
D360 wrote:
Mutteroo wrote:
One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.
So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door?

Are you simple?

Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?
how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx
So are you saying they should go to every house just in case someone has had something to say? Or would they go to the people who contacted them and expect anyone with something to say to be sensible enough to contact them?

By your logic paramedics should go out door knocking otherwise " how would they know someone needed help if they didn't ask them"

Think before you say silly things
[quote][p][bold]willy harris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]D360[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mutteroo[/bold] wrote: One vehicle fire was outside my home. Only saw firefighters who quickly & safely put the fire out. What I didn't see were police officers driving or walking around. Haven't even had a police officer call at my door today! Obviously if I had seen the culprit/s I would be sensible enough to report this and I can only hope that one of this street's many curtain twitchers spotted more than I did.[/p][/quote]So you didn't bother to call the police but are upset that they didn't come to your door? Are you simple? Since you didn't see the culprit what would you tell them if they did come?[/p][/quote]how would the police know if this person had seen anything ,without asking ,think before you say things,xx[/p][/quote]So are you saying they should go to every house just in case someone has had something to say? Or would they go to the people who contacted them and expect anyone with something to say to be sensible enough to contact them? By your logic paramedics should go out door knocking otherwise " how would they know someone needed help if they didn't ask them" Think before you say silly things D360

3:15am Sun 27 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol.
Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol. Freeloaders

4:19pm Sun 27 Jan 13

clubrob6 says...

Freeloaders wrote:
Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol.
Late bars and clubs have privte security,around the city you see emergency responce units again private as backip to doorstaff.In the early hours vsible police have GONE the man in charge of brighton and hove police is retiring in march i think they should bring this day forward as he is only concerned with his budget and REMOVED POLICE FROM THE STREETS.He wil be moving on to where ever he came from leaving places like st james street back to how it was 10 years ago A NO GO AREA.The seafront in the early hours is controlled by foreign gangs of lads NOT POLICE.The police rely on private security,CCTV,and hope a situation is resolved befor they can get there WHICH WONT BE PROMP.The fact that whoever did this rampage for what must have been over a long period shows the outgoing man in charge HAS FAILED is this why he is going?Im sure if police were present in the city the helicopter could have been used and found these thugs.IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE DONT EXPECT THE POLICE TO BE THERE IN YOUR TIME OF NEED AFTER DARK lets hope new blood in charge of the police in march will once agan start protecting brighton and hoves citizens.
[quote][p][bold]Freeloaders[/bold] wrote: Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol.[/p][/quote]Late bars and clubs have privte security,around the city you see emergency responce units again private as backip to doorstaff.In the early hours vsible police have GONE the man in charge of brighton and hove police is retiring in march i think they should bring this day forward as he is only concerned with his budget and REMOVED POLICE FROM THE STREETS.He wil be moving on to where ever he came from leaving places like st james street back to how it was 10 years ago A NO GO AREA.The seafront in the early hours is controlled by foreign gangs of lads NOT POLICE.The police rely on private security,CCTV,and hope a situation is resolved befor they can get there WHICH WONT BE PROMP.The fact that whoever did this rampage for what must have been over a long period shows the outgoing man in charge HAS FAILED is this why he is going?Im sure if police were present in the city the helicopter could have been used and found these thugs.IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE DONT EXPECT THE POLICE TO BE THERE IN YOUR TIME OF NEED AFTER DARK lets hope new blood in charge of the police in march will once agan start protecting brighton and hoves citizens. clubrob6

4:35pm Sun 27 Jan 13

clubrob6 says...

Freeloaders wrote:
nocando wrote:
'police were driving around'
do they ever get out of their cars?
Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend.
I was about the same night about 3.30 am all i seen was private security emergency response units i walked from st james street to king alfred area did not see one police car,the city is unpoliced in the early hours .A year or so ago police were all over the plase especially west street area,even though that area was busy there were no police i think cost cutting has made police rely on private security,and CCTV but id feel much safer if i seen a odd patrol car im sure its also the biggest deterrant of crime being committed too.A new person takes charge of our police in march they can only do better as places like st james street are once again no go areas after dard like it was 10 years ago.All the good work undone by poor police management.
[quote][p][bold]Freeloaders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: 'police were driving around' do they ever get out of their cars?[/p][/quote]Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend.[/p][/quote]I was about the same night about 3.30 am all i seen was private security emergency response units [backup to door security]i walked from st james street to king alfred area did not see one police car,the city is unpoliced in the early hours .A year or so ago police were all over the plase especially west street area,even though that area was busy there were no police i think cost cutting has made police rely on private security,and CCTV but id feel much safer if i seen a odd patrol car im sure its also the biggest deterrant of crime being committed too.A new person takes charge of our police in march they can only do better as places like st james street are once again no go areas after dard like it was 10 years ago.All the good work undone by poor police management. clubrob6

11:44pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Freeloaders wrote:
nocando wrote:
'police were driving around'
do they ever get out of their cars?
Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend.
I was about the same night about 3.30 am all i seen was private security emergency response units i walked from st james street to king alfred area did not see one police car,the city is unpoliced in the early hours .A year or so ago police were all over the plase especially west street area,even though that area was busy there were no police i think cost cutting has made police rely on private security,and CCTV but id feel much safer if i seen a odd patrol car im sure its also the biggest deterrant of crime being committed too.A new person takes charge of our police in march they can only do better as places like st james street are once again no go areas after dard like it was 10 years ago.All the good work undone by poor police management.
Thank you yet again.Just drove home from Hove and did not see one police care,not even in Sackville road.Which is very odd after the cars set on fire in Hove.But me and my friend did see a young lady selling her body at Nat West bank again in Western road.As she ran down Sillwood street we drove around the block and saw three dealers making a nice amount of money for themself.If you read other post storys you will see im getting a hard time from a copper on here calling me a lier yet again.Please feel free to post and make your coments to them also.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freeloaders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nocando[/bold] wrote: 'police were driving around' do they ever get out of their cars?[/p][/quote]Yet another person that thinks the same as me.But the police call me a lier.Thank you my friend.[/p][/quote]I was about the same night about 3.30 am all i seen was private security emergency response units [backup to door security]i walked from st james street to king alfred area did not see one police car,the city is unpoliced in the early hours .A year or so ago police were all over the plase especially west street area,even though that area was busy there were no police i think cost cutting has made police rely on private security,and CCTV but id feel much safer if i seen a odd patrol car im sure its also the biggest deterrant of crime being committed too.A new person takes charge of our police in march they can only do better as places like st james street are once again no go areas after dard like it was 10 years ago.All the good work undone by poor police management.[/p][/quote]Thank you yet again.Just drove home from Hove and did not see one police care,not even in Sackville road.Which is very odd after the cars set on fire in Hove.But me and my friend did see a young lady selling her body at Nat West bank again in Western road.As she ran down Sillwood street we drove around the block and saw three dealers making a nice amount of money for themself.If you read other post storys you will see im getting a hard time from a copper on here calling me a lier yet again.Please feel free to post and make your coments to them also. Freeloaders

11:49pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Freeloaders says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Freeloaders wrote:
Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol.
Late bars and clubs have privte security,around the city you see emergency responce units again private as backip to doorstaff.In the early hours vsible police have GONE the man in charge of brighton and hove police is retiring in march i think they should bring this day forward as he is only concerned with his budget and REMOVED POLICE FROM THE STREETS.He wil be moving on to where ever he came from leaving places like st james street back to how it was 10 years ago A NO GO AREA.The seafront in the early hours is controlled by foreign gangs of lads NOT POLICE.The police rely on private security,CCTV,and hope a situation is resolved befor they can get there WHICH WONT BE PROMP.The fact that whoever did this rampage for what must have been over a long period shows the outgoing man in charge HAS FAILED is this why he is going?Im sure if police were present in the city the helicopter could have been used and found these thugs.IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE DONT EXPECT THE POLICE TO BE THERE IN YOUR TIME OF NEED AFTER DARK lets hope new blood in charge of the police in march will once agan start protecting brighton and hoves citizens.
Just a pure outstanding post my friend.People like you give me a little bit of hope.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freeloaders[/bold] wrote: Lol. Look Mr,Policeman can't you work it out yet."The public trust the paramedics to do their jobs."Ask you lot for help and 9 times out of 10 you lot turn it onto the person asking for help.Like the lady said on here after the guy got attacked in St,james street and she was holding the poor guys head."I called 999 five times,the paramedics turned up but there was know sign of the police."Thats just a few 100 yards from your station lol.[/p][/quote]Late bars and clubs have privte security,around the city you see emergency responce units again private as backip to doorstaff.In the early hours vsible police have GONE the man in charge of brighton and hove police is retiring in march i think they should bring this day forward as he is only concerned with his budget and REMOVED POLICE FROM THE STREETS.He wil be moving on to where ever he came from leaving places like st james street back to how it was 10 years ago A NO GO AREA.The seafront in the early hours is controlled by foreign gangs of lads NOT POLICE.The police rely on private security,CCTV,and hope a situation is resolved befor they can get there WHICH WONT BE PROMP.The fact that whoever did this rampage for what must have been over a long period shows the outgoing man in charge HAS FAILED is this why he is going?Im sure if police were present in the city the helicopter could have been used and found these thugs.IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE DONT EXPECT THE POLICE TO BE THERE IN YOUR TIME OF NEED AFTER DARK lets hope new blood in charge of the police in march will once agan start protecting brighton and hoves citizens.[/p][/quote]Just a pure outstanding post my friend.People like you give me a little bit of hope. Freeloaders

3:05pm Mon 28 Jan 13

julesgemini says...

Just because you don't see the police doesn't mean they are not doing their jobs. You don't know the full intelligence they had at the time so I think it's unfair to comment. I must say the police arrived very quickly when we had our break in on the same night. They havent yet been caught though!
Just because you don't see the police doesn't mean they are not doing their jobs. You don't know the full intelligence they had at the time so I think it's unfair to comment. I must say the police arrived very quickly when we had our break in on the same night. They havent yet been caught though! julesgemini

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