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Witness appeal after police car set on fire in Alton

Police appealing for witnesses and information after a police car was set on fire in Alton


The incident took place between 9.14pm and 9.37pm on Monday, 14 February, in the car park at Alton Police station.


A man entered the car park and was seen to throw an object towards a marked police car. The car then set alight.


Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service attended and dealt with the fire.


The police car was burnt out. No-one was injured.


Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information that may help their investigation.


We’re you in the following areas in Alton between 8.20pm and 10.30pm on Monday, 14 February?


Butts Road

High Street

Paper Mill Lane

Mill Lane

Drayman’s Way

Turk Street

Lower Turk Street

Ashdell Road  


Did you see anyone carrying a petrol can? Perhaps you were driving in the area and have some dash-cam footage?


Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting 44220063354.


Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/


A 35-year-old man from Alton has been arrested on suspicion of arson.


He has been questioned by officers and released under investigation while enquiries continue.