Eight cars set alight in 90-minute attack
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)
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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.”