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Arson attack follows string of other deliberately started fires in town

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 July 2019 | UPDATED: 17:42 09 July 2019

The burned hedgerow from the Highfield Road arson incident PICTURE: Archant

The burned hedgerow from the Highfield Road arson incident PICTURE: Archant

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An arson attack is the latest in a series of fires deliberately started around Fakenham.

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Two fire crews were called at about 9pm on Sunday, July 7, to a fire in trees on a footpath leading on to Highfield Road.

Some residents said they could see the flames from streets away, as 11 metres of trees and fences behind Canler and Son Funeral Directors were set on fire.

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The fire was put out within 30 minutes and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said said they believe it was "started deliberately."

What remains of the most affected area PICTURE: ArchantWhat remains of the most affected area PICTURE: Archant

This follows a series of fires over the last few weeks in Aldiss Community Park, by the Wensum river. Park benches were destroyed and bonfires extinguished in a series of incidents attended by fire crews.

Meanwhile, in January 2018, the town saw three arson incidents resulting in a conviction.

It is currently not known if any of these incidents are related.

Police are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity at the time or anyone with information to contact PC Allan Kettell at Fakenham Police Station on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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