18th Nov, 2019

Police launch probe after three arson attacks on same Rubery site in less than four months

Tristan Harris 6th Nov, 2019 Updated: 6th Nov, 2019

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after three arson attacks in less than four months at the same site in Rubery.

In the latest one, in the early hours of this morning, a brick was thrown through the window of the SIMA warehouse in The Avenue before an accelerant was poured through the hole.

The large blaze ripped through the warehouse and it took four crews – two from Bromsgrove, one from Northfield and one from Kings Norton – to extinguish the blaze and dampen down the area.

Firefighters had concerns about the building as there were fireworks on the premises but fortunately the blaze was brought under control with water jets before the flames reached the stock.

Another building on the site was torched on August 12 and SIMA was targeted on July 31.

On those two occasions accelerants were poured through the letterboxes and set alight.

PCSO Stuart Taylor said following the latest incident police patrols were being stepped up in the area and a number of letters were being delivered to businesses and residential properties to inform people about the incidents.

He added the police would be working with the firms to advise them on how they could increase their security measures.

And he urged any witnesses or anyone with any information on the attacks to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Coun Peter McDonald said he was concerned about the arsons as there were homes not far from the site and a fire could easily spread to those, posing a danger to life.

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