Fire-starters leave neighbours in Grantham’s Earlesfield estate fearful

Beverley Jones, trouble in the Larch Close area with kids starting fires. 981C
Beverley Jones, trouble in the Larch Close area with kids starting fires. 981C
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A spate of arson attacks on a Grantham estate is causing concern.

Wheelie bins and fencing have been the target of choice on the Earlesfield estate over the past three weeks.

One neighbour, Beverley Jones, has had both the fence to her Larch Close property and wheelie bin set on fire. She feels there are not enough police officers patrolling the estate and fears the culprits will not be found and punished.

Ms Jones, 53, said: “There’s not enough police officers around. I’ve reported it to the police but nothing gets done.

“They reckon police are patrolling the area but I never see any.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman admitted patrols have not been stepped up in the area, but said the estate’s community policing team is looking into the incidents.

He added: “There have been a number of criminal damage incidents where bins are reported to have been set on fire.

“Officers are aware of the issue and investigations are ongoing. If anyone has information or knows who is doing it, please call the non-emergency number as soon as possible.”

Other parts of the estate which have been targeted by arsonists are Chestnut Grove and Trent Road.

Information to: 101.

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