Residents living in fear of arsonist wreaking havoc on Sheffield estate

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW
Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW
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Residents in a Sheffield suburb are living in fear of an arsonist wreaking havoc - terrified that their homes are going to go up in flames.

A public meeting is to be held, with Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings due to attend.

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW

Locals on the Angram Bank estate in High Green claim that piles of rubbish and wheelie bins were initially set alight but more recently cars have been targeted and they are worried that homes will be next.

Since June firefighters have been called out to arson attacks on the estate 15 times.

Tenants and Residents Association chairman, Terry Bawden, said: “The police are treating this as a prank but we are worried at the escalation.

“Residents are frightened that their houses are going to be next.

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safetyTerry Bawden, chairman of TARA by a burnt-out BMW

“We feel totally let down by the police. They say they are doing extra patrols but nobody ever sees them.

“We have asked for temporary CCTV cameras but have never heard back from them.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “South Yorkshire Police has carried out extensive enquiries following nine suspected arson attacks on vehicles in High Green, Sheffield, around November 5.

“It is unclear how the damage has been caused but police believe it’s highly likely the attacks were connected with the use of fireworks around Bonfire Night.

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safety. A burnt-out BMW

Follwing a spate of arson attacks in High Green residents fear for their safety. A burnt-out BMW

“In the last two weeks, there has been one suspected arson involving a vehicle in the area.

“In response, police have implemented increased, high-visibility patrols in the area at key times, have carried out house-to-house enquiries and have spoken to residents and other potential witnesses.”

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, said: “I very much welcome the opportunity to work with the community groups in the area and I’ll be meeting with them, and with other partners and the public shortly to look at how we can work together to tackle these issues.”