Further arson attacks in Sandridge over the weekend

A SPATE of arson attacks in a local village has continued through the weekend. There have been five fires started deliberately in the same block of unused garages in St Leonards Crescent, Sandridge, in less than a week. Firefighters from St Albans and Whe

A SPATE of arson attacks in a local village has continued through the weekend.

There have been five fires started deliberately in the same block of unused garages in St Leonards Crescent, Sandridge, in less than a week.

Firefighters from St Albans and Wheathampstead were called to put out the most recent fire on Sunday at around 4.20pm.

Earlier that day, at around 2.50pm, firefighters were also called to nearby Woodcock Hill where a garden shed had been set on fire in another arson attack.

The shed was engulfed in flames when the crews arrived and the blaze took around an hour to put out.

A subsequent fire investigation revealed that an accelerant was used to start the blaze.

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Last week, firefighters were also called to put out two fires at the block of garages in Leonards Crescent on Tuesday, along with a further two on Wednesday and Friday.

In addition, the crews rushed to a moped fire in nearby St Heliers road on Tuesday night, which is also thought to have been started deliberately.

Police are investigating the spate of fires and have stepped up high visibility patrols in the area. Investigating officer PC Jos Barlett urged any witnesses or those with information to call her on 0845 3300222.