Bamber Bridge car arson caught on CCTV

An arson investigation is underway after a Ford Mondeo was torched in Bamber Bridge.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 9:01 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 9:10 am

CCTV appears to show a man approach the car, open a rear door and deliberately light the car on fire in an alley behind Grove Street at around 2.35pm yesterday (January 23).

The black Mondeo can be seen erupting into flames as the man makes off on a bicycle.

Police confirmed they are investigating the incident as arson.

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Police said they are treating the incident as arson. Credit: Matthew James Farrow

A police spokesman said: "We are investigating the car fire on Grove Street – it looks like a Ford Focus was set on fire after someone got inside."

Fire crews from Bamber Bridge were called to the scene to extinguish the blaze after the burning car was spotted by a member of the public.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A spokesman for LFRS said: "One fire engine from Bamber Bridge was called to a car fire on Grove Street, Bamber Bridge at 2.40pm.

The entire incident, in which a man appears to open a rear door and start a fire inside the car, has been captured on CCTV. Credit: Wayne Richardson

"Firefighters used two breathing apparatus and two hose reels to extinguish the fire.

"No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation."

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At 7pm, fire crews were called to another vehicle fire, five miles away in Euxton.

CCTV footage appears to show the Ford Mondeo being set on fire deliberately in an alley behind Grove Street in Bamber Bridge yesterday (Thursday, January 23). Credit: Matthew James Farrow

Crews from Chorley tackled the fire using a hose reel after the car was found alight in Fieldside, off Dawber's Lane.

No injuries were reported, and the fire service is investigating how the fire started.

Lancashire Police said "there is nothing to suggest the two incidents are linked".