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Hove cars torched in midnight attack
Cars, vans and a quad bike were torched in a two-hour arson spree yesterday.
Vandals left a trail of destruction across Hove, setting nine vehicles ablaze between midnight and 1.45am.
Police said the attackers targeted roads including Coleridge Street, St Patrick’s Street, Byron Street, Mortimer Road, Amherst Crescent, Arthur Street and Holmes Avenue.
Rubbish in a front garden in nearby Mortimer Road was also set alight – narrowly missing a gas canister. Jean Martin, 57, of Coleridge Street, was one resident who woke up at 1am to see his silver Citroen on fire.
The composer, a lecturer at the University of Brighton, said: “I only bought it six months ago.
“They’ve obviously smashed a window and poured something in the car before setting it on fire.”
James Fears, also of Coleridge Street, had his quad bike targeted. The father of six described how his son Daryl blasted the quad with a fire extinguisher.
He said: “They caused £2,000 of damage to my bike. “I looked out of the window and saw all the flames.”
Another man, whose van was set alight in nearby Byron Street, said: “It was not the best start to the morning.
“It is random nonsense but expensive random nonsense.”
Nigel Crickmore, of Mortimer Road, had a Nissan parked outside his house torched. A car in neighbouring Arthur Road was also set on fire.
Mr Crickmore said: “My neighbour Alex is having work done and has rubbish in his garden – they set fire to that.
“They have caused so much damage.”
Byron Hasler, 39, of Rutland Road, said: “My mate’s car was wrecked.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said they were treating the incidents as linked but it was unclear whether an individual or group was responsible for the damage.
The spokesman said: "Extensive enquiries are already being undertaken to try and find those responsible and anyone with information should come forward as soon as possible.”
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