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Cry for help after arsonists strike in Littlemoor
THREE vehicles and a fence were damaged in the second arson attack in Weymouth this week.
Members of the Littlemoor community are calling for action to be taken after two cars were destroyed in a blaze that also damaged a van and a fence.
Firefighters were called to The Doves at around 2am yesterday after arsonists torched vehicles in a resident’s car park.
The attack comes after another vehicle was destroyed by arsonists in Alamanda Road on Tuesday and is the latest in a spate of vandalism in the area.
Darrin Hall, a self-employed decorator whose van and fence was damaged in the blaze, said ‘enough is enough’.
He said: “Crime has gone up in this area and it’s getting out of hand.
“Littlemoor has always been a high crime area but since the lights have been turned off it has only got worse.
“Enough is enough and we’re all fed up of it.
“The council and police need to take action because if nothing is done it will just get worse and worse.”
The Doves resident added: “My van was damaged in the fire but I was lucky it didn’t go up in flames like my neighbours’ cars.
“It would have been my livelihood gone, I’m a one-man band and my whole business is in that van.
“These people don’t realise how much trouble they cause for innocent people, it’s just mindless.”
A 78-year-old woman whose car was destroyed said the vehicle was her lifeline and only way of getting around.
The pensioner, who did not want to be named, said: “I live on my own and relied on my car to get around.
“It was my lifeline and I don’t see how I will be able to replace it because I don’t have the money.
“This has got to stop.”
Another resident whose car was destroyed, who also did not want to be named, said she feels victimised and shaken.
She said: “It was a shock, it’s not the first time my car has been targeted and I feel like I’m being victimised.
“When I was shaking like a leaf, it was horrible.
“My car is my only way of getting to work, it wasn’t valuable to anyone else but it was to me.”
Dorset county councillor Andy Cooke urged residents to support the police.
He said: “The general population of Littlemoor have worked incredibly hard to build a decent community and it’s very depressing that a small minority are standing in the way.
“If you do know who is responsible, you need to come forward.
“The community has got to stand up and help the police find the culprits.
“This is clearly quite a serious situation that has got to be sorted out.”
Cars destroyed in blaze attacks
THE attack comes after a spate of vandalism in recent months, including another car fire earlier this week.
Firefighters were called to Alamanda Road, near Bincombe Valley Primary School, at around 11pm on Tuesday.
A vehicle belonging to a 73-year-old cancer patient was destroyed when arsonists torched it where it was parked in the Finches on December 9.
Dorset Police arrested a 13-year-old in connection with the incident.
There were two fires, believed to have been deliberately started, on Saturday, December 15.
Firefighters were called to a bin fire in Beverley Road at 7pm and a vehicle fire in Louviers Road at 10pm.
On December 2 a lit piece of paper was put through the letterbox of a house in Louviers Road.
In September, a car and a caravan were destroyed after being deliberately set alight in Geelong Close.
Hunt for vandals ‘intent on criminal behaviour’
Dorset Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
Inspector Les Fry said: “Enquiries are currently ongoing in this incident and we are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact us.
“We are doing a lot of work in Littlemoor at the moment, working with the local authorities and keeping local councillors up to date on what’s going on.
“We are aware of a number of people in Littlemoor who are intent on criminal behaviour and disrupting what is a nice area.
“Police will take robust action on tackling them and this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Hopefully with community support we will be successful in dealing with the antisocial elements in the area.”
Contact PC John Kirk at Dorset Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.