Leicester Arson

Police have issued CCTV images of two people they wish to speak to in connection with a series of arsons and an incident of theft.

Over the past two weeks there have been a number of arsons within the Glenfield and New parks area which are believe to be linked.

Officers are investigating the following crimes:

  • Between Friday January 28 and Sunday January 30 bins in the grounds of Stokes Wood Primary School, Blackett Avenue, New Parks were set alight.
  • On Sunday January 30 at 2.10am a wheelie bin was set on fire outside a property on Amhurst Close resulting in considerable damage to the property.
  • On Sunday January 30 at 3.10am sheds at Hall Primary School, Glenfield Frith Road, Glenfield was set on fire also causing damage to nearby fences and windows.
  • On Thursday February 3 at around 5.30am, a vehicle on Gynsill Close was set alight.
    Shortly before the fire on Amhurst Close, local CCTV images captured two people police wish to speak to in relation to theses incidents. CCTV images have also been issued of a theft of milk from a property on Gynsill Close at around 5.30am on Thursday February 3 which police believe may be connected to these recent crimes.

Detective Constable Del Gillespie seconded from Leicestershire Constabulary to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Task Force, is appealing for anyone who has any information to please contact police.

He said: “We believe due to the similarities between these incidents that they have been committed by the same people.

“We're asking people to take a close look at these CCTV images. I'm sure anyone who knows these people will recognise them. If you do or are indeed the people in the images we would urge you to contact us.

“We would also urge to people to think back and see if they can recall any suspicious activity in the areas at these times. If anyone saw something that they think may be in connection with the fires being caused or indeed the milk theft, we would ask them to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 1892 Del Gillespie on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 1892. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is *free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.