Teenagers bailed after serious arson incidents in Rotherham

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Two teenagers have been released on police bail pending further enquiries following a spate of serious arson incidents in a Rotherham township.

The boys aged 15 and 16 were questioned after three fires were started in the early hours of Friday morning in Maltby.

The first incident occurred at 2.19am at a garage on Blyth Road when a number of vehicles were set alight.

Then half an hour later at 2.49am on Millicent Gardens a camper van and a Vauxhall Astra van were destroyed by a fire which also spread to nearby properties.

The occupants of three properties were evacuated with significant damage caused to their frontages.

The third incident was reported at 4.32am when a caravan parked on a driveway in Mortimer Road was damaged. The fire service attended and put out the fire.

No one was injured during the incidents.

Detective Sergeant Iain Martin said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone with information. I am aware of the concern locally about this matter but urge people to support the police in our investigations rather than taking matters into their own hands.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 70 on 5 December or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.