Arsonist attacks trees on Gorleston housing estate

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Arsonists have targeted trees on the Shrublands estate in Gorleston.

In a second attempt to burn one down on the estate, which ironically has streets named after trees, firefighters were called on Monday night, to a tree on fire in a back garden in Cotoneaster Court, off Plane Road.

A call came in to the fire service at 9.21pm on Monday evening from a concerned neighbour who said they could see smoke coming from the direction of the home.

A crew from Gorleston arrived on the scene within five minutes and a subsequent fire investigation revealed that the tree had been set alight deliberately.

The firefighters used a hose reel jet to tackle the blaze brought it under control ten minutes later


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The attack comes just two months after a similar incident in Veronica Green, Gorleston, which is just a four minute walk away from Cotoneaster Court, when a Conifer tree was set on fire.

It happened at about 10.25pm on Wednesday, February 24 and the fire service were called to the incident and confirmed it was an arson.

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At the time, Norfolk Police launched an appeal to try to catch the culprit.

A spokesman said: 'Police officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or has any information regarding the incident.'

The crime has since been filed pending new evidence and no-one has been arrested.

The police are not currently linking the two incidents.

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