Police want to trace witness who gave vital information about Rotherham arson attacks

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Officers investigating a spate of vehicle arson attacks in Rawmarsh are urging a witness to get in touch.

A man approached officers on Saturday night and gave them vital information to the location of two suspects and police urgently want to speak to him again.

Officers were in patrol in Rawmarsh at about 11.55pm on Saturday, June 20 when the witness approached them and told them he had just seen two men, believed to be in their 20s, riding small BMX bikes along Green Lane.

He said one of them was also carrying what looked that a glass bottle with a cloth in the top of it that was on fire.

Officers immediately travelled in the direction of Green Lane in a bid to find the suspects and carried out a search.

The two men were not located however on the access road down towards Roundwood Golf course, a smashed bottle was found and scorch marks were on the ground.

Officers urgently want to trace the witness as he may be able to provide further information that could assist with the overall investigation into four arson attacks in the area in the last month.

T/Sergeant John Morris said: “We are treating the arsons as a priority and we are determined to find those responsible.

“If you provided officers with this information on Saturday, we urgently need to speak to you as your help could greatly assist the investigation and identify the individuals who are blighting our community.”

The first arson attack was on Tuesday, May 26, on George Place at around 2.25pm where a black Peugeot was set alight.

On Monday, June 1, a silver Vauxhall Zafira was set on fire at about 2.10am on Brameld Road.

On Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 12, there were two further incidents on Brameld Road involving a grey Nissan Quashqui and a white Peugeot van was set on fire..

The man who spoke to the police and anyone with information regarding the arson attacks should call police on 01, or Crimestoppers anonymously quoting incident number 48 of June 12, 2015.