UPDATED Investigation continues into series of fires in Loughborough

Updated on 6/12/17 at 11:15 a.m.

Incident number: 17*528595

A man arrested after a series of suspicious fires in Loughborough on Monday evening (4 December) has been released.

Seven reports were received of fires in various locations within Loughborough between 7.50pm and 10.40pm.

The first incident took place in the carriageway in Belton Road, a fire was discovered in the middle of the road near some car garages and petrol station.

Further incidents occurred in Russell Street, Mill Lane, Bridgeland Road, Wolsey Way and Morris Close when bins were set alight. A sofa was also set alight in Queens Road.

The fire in Russell Street resulted in damage being caused to some flats. One person was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has since been released no further action.

PC Pete Colgate is investigating the incident, he said: “We believe these fires were deliberate and very dangerous acts and could have resulted in someone being seriously injured. We are taking these reports extremely seriously and officers have been out and about in the local area reassuring local residents.

“We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any of the incidents or saw someone acting suspiciously in the area. Also if you’ve heard rumours locally about the fires and have information which could assist with the investigation then please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC 732 Colgate on 101, quoting crime reference number 17*528595.

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