Police investigate late-night arson attack on car left at Axminster beauty spot

Police are investigating a late-night arson attack on a car left at a remote Axminster beauty spot on bank holiday Monday.

Officers want to hear from anyone with information about yesterday’s blaze, at Trinity Hill Nature Reserve, on May 25, at around 11.30pm.

Devon and Cornwall Police are keen for information about the owner of the car.

The fire service said the blaze completely destroyed the vehicle and damaged the surrounding area and a gate post.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Crews promptly extinguished the fire and continued to dampen down the surrounding area to ensure no further escalation.

“Police were informed as this was believed to be a deliberate ignition.”

A fire crew from Axminster tackled the blaze, finding the vehicle well-alight on their arrival.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet, small tools, and a thermal imaging camera to put out the flames.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police believe a fire, which completely destroyed a car parked at Trinity Hill Nature Reserve, near Axminster, at around 11.45pm yesterday evening, was the result of arson.

“Anyone with any information about the owner of the car, or the incident, is asked to contact police.”

If you have information, call police on 101, or email, 101@police.dc.uk quoting log 1134 of the 25/05/20.

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