Call for action after arson attack on Mangotsfield estate

binsFirefighters were called out after a wooden bin store on the Siston Hill estate in Mangotsfield was deliberately set ablaze in the early hours of last Friday. Heat from the fire at Arnold Road damaged six cars that were parked nearby and some trees.

Three teenage boys were arrested the following day on suspicion of arson and later released under investigation.

There have been recent problems in the area, including vandalism to vehicles and reports of youngsters smoking dope in the communal area of the flats in Arnold Road. South Gloucestershire’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) team have been working with the property management group Mainstay.

damaged carLocal councillor Ian Adams, who lives on the estate, said the area targeted is within metres of the Bristol & Bath Railway Path and a short cut route has been worn through the hedges. He has asked the council’s community spaces team to look into making it more difficult for people to access Arnold Road directly from the railway path and has also asked the ASB team what can be done to counter ongoing incidents of anti-social behaviour. He has previously called for CCTV to be installed.

Cllr Adams has also asked local police team if they can do anything.

The area has been cleaned up and the six damaged bins replaced.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesperson said: “The incident was reported at about 6am on Friday. On Saturday officers arrested two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of arson. All three were later released under investigation.”

Police inquiries continue and officers would like to hear from anyone with information which could help. Get in touch online www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or call 101, quoting reference 5217099232. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

There was a previous small fire at about 11pm the previous night in the underpass near the railway path.