Police probe to find any link to Torquay arson attacks
POLICE are investigating whether a car fire in Torquay is connected to a spate of arson attacks in the town over the last six months.
A fire engine was sent to an access road behind Dunmere Road in Ellacombe after calls a car was on fire.
When they arrived they found the vehicle was already well alight and was severely damaged.
A fire investigator later found it was deliberately set alight.
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A police spokesman said: "We are trying to understand if there are any links between this incident and others previously reported to us."
The blaze was put out using a hose reel jet by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
The incident happened at 9.20pm on Saturday, February 16.
At the end of last year police launched Operation Gallon after a series of arson attacks on vehicles, sheds and bins, mostly in the Ellacombe area and surrounding neighbourhoods.
The number of arson attacks has significantly reduced in the wake of Operation Gallon.
However, nobody has yet been convicted of the crimes and the operation is still running.