Eight cars set alight in 90-minute at­tack

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

open­ing: Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son rustling up canapes with City Col­lege Peter­bor­ough cater­ing stu­dents Toby Moore, tu­tor Paul Ge­orge, Jor­dan Wade, Sarah Tu­son, Heather Shel­ton and Zoe Lan­der. (METP-18-0512DL519)

key worker dis­counts AR­SON­ISTS who set eight cars alight in just 90 min­utes are be­ing hunted by po­lice.

Fire­bugs left the trail of destruc­tion of burnt out cars across Wis­bech in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

Wit­nesses de­scribed see­ing a num­ber of youths, both on foot and on cy­cles in the area, and de­tec­tives ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the se­ries of fires to get in touch, to help bring the cul­prits to jus­tice.

The first fire, in­volv­ing a sil­ver MG, was started at 2.10am at the junc­tion of El­iz­a­beth Ter­race and Ram­noth Road. Crews were then called to Oak­ley Close, where an­other car had been set alight at 2.50am. Mo­ments later, an es­tate agent sign was burnt in neigh­bour­ing Bush Lane along with a sil­ver Vaux­hall at­tack: One of the burnt out cars in Stow Road, Wis­bech. Corsa.

Twenty min­utes later a Peu­geot 206 and a Dae­woo Ma­tiz were set on fire on Stow Road, which has a junc­tion with Bush Lane.

The spree fin­ished in Lerowe Road at 3.25am, when a Re­nault Clio and a grey Saab 93 were set alight.

Martin Boome, Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice sta­tion man­ager, said: “We urge peo­ple not to start fires like this as they can spread to nearby hedges, build­ings and homes and put peo­ple’s lives at risk.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant Matt Swash said: “Some of the cars were de­stroyed by the fire while oth­ers only suf­fered su­per­fi­cial dam­age.

“Sev­eral wit­nesses have re­ported see­ing youths in the area, both on foot and on bi­cy­cles, at the time of the in­ci­dents and I am keen to speak to any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about who they are.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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STU­DENTS have been cook­ing up a storm to launch an ed­u­ca­tional com­mu­nity hub in an empty shop unit in the city cen­tre.

Cater­ing stu­dents from City Col­lege Peter­bor­ough rus­tled up canapes for the civic dig­na­to­ries who at­tended the of­fi­cial open­ing of the col­lege’s shop, in the for­mer Hawkins Bazaar unit in Bridge Street, which was also re­dec­o­rated by the col­lege’s con­struc­tion stu­dents.

Its open­ing last week is the start of a six-month pi­lot to run work­shops, course taster ses­sions and of­fer ad­vice to both young peo­ple and job hunters.

Prin­ci­pal Pat Car­ring­ton said: “We are ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties this new site will of­fer to peo­ple in the city.”

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