Suspected Arson in Shaftesbury

UPDATE:A teenage boy arrested in connection with a reported suspicious fire in Shaftesbury has been released from the investigation without charge.

At around 7.20pm on Thursday 12 July 2018 Dorset Police received a report of a large fire off Allen Road.

The fire service attended and extinguished the blaze. Extensive damage was caused to a barn and a forklift unit.

While the cause of the fire is still to be confirmed, officers are treating the incident as suspicious.

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson was released without charge.

 

 

Officers investigating a reported suspicious fire in Shaftesbury are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

At around 7.20pm yesterday, Thursday 12 July 2018, Dorset Police received a report of a large fire off Allen Road.

The fire service attended and extinguished the blaze. Extensive damage was caused to a barn and a forklift unit.

While the cause of the fire is still to be confirmed, officers are treating the incident as suspicious.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is assisting officers with their enquiries.

Detective Constable George Graham, of Weymouth CID, said: “We are making enquiries into this incident and I am appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed any suspicious activity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180109957. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.