Man arrested after police car set on fire in Alton

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Thursday 17th February 2022 3:07 pm
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Hampshire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward after a police car was set on fire in the car park at Alton Police Station on Monday
Hampshire Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward after a police car was set on fire in the car park at Alton Police Station on Monday (Hampshire Constabulary )

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a police car was set on fire in Alton.

The incident took place between 9.14pm and 9.37pm on Monday, February 14, in the car park at Alton Police Station in Mill Lane.

A man entered the car park and was seen to throw an object towards a marked police car. The car then set alight.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service attended and dealt with the fire.

The police car was burnt out. No-one was injured.

A police spokesman said: “Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information that may help our investigation.”

Officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the following areas in Alton between 8.20pm and 10.30pm on Monday, February 14:

  • Butts Road 
  • High Street
  • Paper Mill Lane 
  • Mill Lane
  • Drayman’s Way 
  • Turk Street
  • Lower Turk Street
  • Ashdell Road  

The spokesman continued: “Did you see anyone carrying a petrol can? Perhaps you were driving in the area and have some dash-cam footage?

“Anyone with any information should contact us on 101 quoting 44220063354.

“Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

A 35-year-old man from Alton has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

He has been questioned by officers and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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