Police car torched in suspected twin Church Street arson attack

Police car torched in twin Church Street arson attack

Police car torched in twin Church Street arson attack

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Police officers are investigating an arson attack which claimed one of their own cars.

The police car is thought to have been set fire to deliberately just half an hour after a bin containing paper and recycling went up in the same street.

The two blazes happened in Church Street, Brighton, in the early hours of yesterday.

The car was parked and unattended on the corner of Tichborne Street, Brighton, only about 50m away from the bin fire, which was outside the Mash Tun on the corner of New Road.

A fire crew from Preston Circus arrived to tackle the first blaze at about 2.30pm before returning to their station.

Just ten minutes later, they were called again to put out the police car using foam extinguishers and hoses.

The back half of the police car was destroyed.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting serial 128 of 2/9.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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3:13pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Valentinian says...

BBC South News: Police car torched in Church Road

A police spokesman has stated that the car sadlly was -extinguished before the fire could spread to the Mash Tun and surrounding area.


Sussex Police remain clueless.
BBC South News: Police car torched in Church Road A police spokesman has stated that the car sadlly was -extinguished before the fire could spread to the Mash Tun and surrounding area. Sussex Police remain clueless. Valentinian
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5:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Fred'smate says...

So the police stood right by the first blaze as it was being dealt with by the fire crew.

Why didn't they retire a safe distance (say, back nearer their vehicle) and let the fire crew do their job unhindered?

And what were the coppers doing in that ten minutes between the fire crew departing and the emergency call being made?

None of this adds up.
So the police stood right by the first blaze as it was being dealt with by the fire crew. Why didn't they retire a safe distance (say, back nearer their vehicle) and let the fire crew do their job unhindered? And what were the coppers doing in that ten minutes between the fire crew departing and the emergency call being made? None of this adds up. Fred'smate
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9:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

MikeTheKnight says...

Fred'smate wrote:
So the police stood right by the first blaze as it was being dealt with by the fire crew.

Why didn't they retire a safe distance (say, back nearer their vehicle) and let the fire crew do their job unhindered?

And what were the coppers doing in that ten minutes between the fire crew departing and the emergency call being made?

None of this adds up.
Perhaps they were dealing with a speeding cyclist in a 20 zone
[quote][p][bold]Fred'smate[/bold] wrote: So the police stood right by the first blaze as it was being dealt with by the fire crew. Why didn't they retire a safe distance (say, back nearer their vehicle) and let the fire crew do their job unhindered? And what were the coppers doing in that ten minutes between the fire crew departing and the emergency call being made? None of this adds up.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they were dealing with a speeding cyclist in a 20 zone MikeTheKnight
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4:56pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Handy-ish Andy says...

"The car was parked and unattended on the corner of Tichborne Street, Brighton, only about 50m away from the bin fire"

They parked the car 50 miles from the blaze?

Why didn't they park it so they could still see it?
"The car was parked and unattended on the corner of Tichborne Street, Brighton, only about 50m away from the bin fire" They parked the car 50 miles from the blaze? Why didn't they park it so they could still see it? Handy-ish Andy
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