Essex Police have confirmed that a fire that wrote off two of its response vehicles at Harwich Police station was started deliberately.
Essex Fire & Rescue Service was called to Main Road, Harwich, just before 11 am to reports of a vehicle fire.
On arrival, firefighters found that two police vehicles were 100% alight. At By 12:30 pm, firefighters had extinguished the fire, and they remained on scene to sure that the area was kept safe.
In a statement, Essex Police said:
“A man has been arrested in connection with a fire involving two police cars at Harwich Police Station.
“The vehicles caught fire at shortly before 10.55 am today (Tuesday 21 April) while parked at the station on Main Road.
“The vehicles sustained significant damage, and the fire is believed to have been started deliberately.
“Roads around the police station were closed while firefighters tackled the fire, which is now out.
“A 62-year-old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of arson and is currently in custody.
“A cordon around the area is still in place, and we’re asking members of the public to avoid the area.
“If you saw anything, have any CCTV or dashcam footage, or have any other information please call us on 101 quoting incident 272 of 21 April or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.
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