UPDATED: Five cars destroyed in suspected arson attack in Worcester

Worcester News: Spate of car fires in Warndon last night Spate of car fires in Warndon last night

EIGHT cars and a van were set alight in the Warndon area of Worcester in a suspected arson attack last night.

Five vehicles were completely destroyed in the fires and another four were significantly damaged.

Firefirefighers were called to a car fire near Warndon Primary School in Edgeworth Close at about 11.45pm last night but quickly found other vehicles were also ablaze nearby.

Three crews from Worcester and one from Droitwich spent about an hour and half dealing with the fires, which were all in the area of Randwick Drive, Haresfield Close, Tetbury Drive and Martindale Close.

A police spokesman said: "These are worrying incidents and at the present time we cannot see any obvious reason why the vehicles have been targeted, therefore we suspect this is just an act of blatant vandalism. “We are thankful there have been no injuries.

"Additional patrols will be taking place over the next few days to provide reassurance to local people.

“Policing teams in South Worcestershire will be out and about talking to residents in Warndon in an attempt to gather information about these fires.”

Anyone with any information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 839-s-280214.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 444 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org

Were you in the Warndon area last night? Did you see anything or get any photos? Drop reporter Ian Craig a line on 01905 742 253 or email ian.craig@worcesternews.co.uk

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3:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Redhillman says...

Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.
Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter. Redhillman
  • Score: 20

5:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

citykid says...

Redhillman wrote:
Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.
Agree to what you say to a certain degree however don't tarnish everyone with the same brush!!! There were young children asleep in some of the houses whose vehicles were set on fire. They were no doubt scared. There will be more police around tonite but the thugs will go elsewhere to cause terror on others
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.[/p][/quote]Agree to what you say to a certain degree however don't tarnish everyone with the same brush!!! There were young children asleep in some of the houses whose vehicles were set on fire. They were no doubt scared. There will be more police around tonite but the thugs will go elsewhere to cause terror on others citykid
  • Score: 14

7:34pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bretty says...

My husbands van was targeted and if it wasn't for the man up the road god knows what would of happened. Myself and my kids have never been so scared. I'm just thankful that no one was hurt.
My husbands van was targeted and if it wasn't for the man up the road god knows what would of happened. Myself and my kids have never been so scared. I'm just thankful that no one was hurt. Bretty
  • Score: 19

8:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

CityBlueBoy says...

Find them and lock them up...for good
Find them and lock them up...for good CityBlueBoy
  • Score: 15

9:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

murfyboy says...

It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed
It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed murfyboy
  • Score: 8

10:24pm Sat 1 Mar 14

citykid says...

murfyboy wrote:
It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed
Arson is a prison sentence
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed[/p][/quote]Arson is a prison sentence citykid
  • Score: 7

3:12am Sun 2 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

It's a short spell in the INCINERATOR for them, once they're caught...
It's a short spell in the INCINERATOR for them, once they're caught... PrivateSi
  • Score: 3

8:58am Sun 2 Mar 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

The scale of the arson makes me think that "it must be bored teenagers" is too simple a reason. Is there some kind of turf war in Warndon? with protection "rackets" or other gang related crimes at the hub of the problem? Or am I being paranoid?
The scale of the arson makes me think that "it must be bored teenagers" is too simple a reason. Is there some kind of turf war in Warndon? with protection "rackets" or other gang related crimes at the hub of the problem? Or am I being paranoid? imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 5

9:38am Sun 2 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

If it is just moronic teenagers who are too stupid to entertain themselves in any other way there will be people who know who they are.
Idiots like this will be unable to resist bragging to someone. It is far from the realms of possibility that they will convict themselves, just like others have done before.
If it is just moronic teenagers who are too stupid to entertain themselves in any other way there will be people who know who they are. Idiots like this will be unable to resist bragging to someone. It is far from the realms of possibility that they will convict themselves, just like others have done before. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 8

10:52am Sun 2 Mar 14

nevermindeh says...

About time corporal punishment was re-introduced for this catagory of criminal behaviour.A few lashes would get their attention. It would'nt be needed very often as they would'nt find that as agreeable as an asbo or caution and it would'nt be a "badge" of pride to boast about.Of course there will always be those who would disagree with this and will always maintain these individuals should not be blamed for their actions as they would not have had the "correct chances in life"........BULLDUS
T!!
About time corporal punishment was re-introduced for this catagory of criminal behaviour.A few lashes would get their attention. It would'nt be needed very often as they would'nt find that as agreeable as an asbo or caution and it would'nt be a "badge" of pride to boast about.Of course there will always be those who would disagree with this and will always maintain these individuals should not be blamed for their actions as they would not have had the "correct chances in life"........BULLDUS T!! nevermindeh
  • Score: 11

6:26pm Sun 2 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

citykid wrote:
murfyboy wrote:
It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed
Arson is a prison sentence
It may well be but it wont be dished out. It will be, Ah he has had a poor, bad, deprived upbringing!! A slap on the wrist will suffice!
[quote][p][bold]citykid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed[/p][/quote]Arson is a prison sentence[/p][/quote]It may well be but it wont be dished out. It will be, Ah he has had a poor, bad, deprived upbringing!! A slap on the wrist will suffice! lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Sun 2 Mar 14

loubyxx says...

So why is warndon area the most likely ro be targetted??? Or to have the worstcrime!!!! Disgusted by that previous comment redhillman!!!!!!
So why is warndon area the most likely ro be targetted??? Or to have the worstcrime!!!! Disgusted by that previous comment redhillman!!!!!! loubyxx
  • Score: -12

7:48am Mon 3 Mar 14

Ronnie6704 says...

Redhillman wrote:
Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.
I love the way you have twisted that into being the police's fault. Maybe we should blame them for every other crime that has been committed as they went there at the time to prevent it?
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.[/p][/quote]I love the way you have twisted that into being the police's fault. Maybe we should blame them for every other crime that has been committed as they went there at the time to prevent it? Ronnie6704
  • Score: 9

1:12pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

Redhillman wrote:
Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.
So nothing to do with social responsibility and behaviour - no it's all the Police's fault for not being there to stop the tow rags. Really!!! Respecting the law starts with the individual, their education, correct parenting and discipline.
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: Without being disrespectful or demeaning to residents who live in Warndon, this is an estate that has the potential to have more social issues and crime than some other areas in Worcester. So, if there were more Police presence in Warndon on a much more regular basis, perhaps the instances of crime and disorderly behaviour would be reduced, and may be these cars would not have been destroyed. It'd be interesting to know how many calls to the Police are made from Warndon as this would allow us to see whether they react or these calls and step their presence, or whether they've done nothing. I suspect it'd be the latter.[/p][/quote]So nothing to do with social responsibility and behaviour - no it's all the Police's fault for not being there to stop the tow rags. Really!!! Respecting the law starts with the individual, their education, correct parenting and discipline. Guy66
  • Score: 10

2:24pm Mon 3 Mar 14

elcapitano117 says...

Agreed. i do not understand peoples rush to paint warndon as the wild west. i live ten seconds around the corner from Edgeworth close, i have lived in my flat for over 2 years and i can honestly say that i have never had a problem with anyone and very very rarely see or hear any problems.

i was quite shocked to hear about these arson attacks on vehicles as its generally a very quiet area.

People read the name Warndon and instantly think of decaying council estates and feral children running the streets, which is simply not the case.

another Ultracrepidarian statement from somebody who has probably never even set foot in the area and never would through a false sense of fear perpetuated by ignorant fools.
Agreed. i do not understand peoples rush to paint warndon as the wild west. i live ten seconds around the corner from Edgeworth close, i have lived in my flat for over 2 years and i can honestly say that i have never had a problem with anyone and very very rarely see or hear any problems. i was quite shocked to hear about these arson attacks on vehicles as its generally a very quiet area. People read the name Warndon and instantly think of decaying council estates and feral children running the streets, which is simply not the case. another Ultracrepidarian statement from somebody who has probably never even set foot in the area and never would through a false sense of fear perpetuated by ignorant fools. elcapitano117
  • Score: -2

10:21am Tue 4 Mar 14

amy_bsc54 says...

elcapitano117 wrote:
Agreed. i do not understand peoples rush to paint warndon as the wild west. i live ten seconds around the corner from Edgeworth close, i have lived in my flat for over 2 years and i can honestly say that i have never had a problem with anyone and very very rarely see or hear any problems. i was quite shocked to hear about these arson attacks on vehicles as its generally a very quiet area. People read the name Warndon and instantly think of decaying council estates and feral children running the streets, which is simply not the case. another Ultracrepidarian statement from somebody who has probably never even set foot in the area and never would through a false sense of fear perpetuated by ignorant fools.
Excellent!! Very well said!! I have lived in Warndon all of my life (23 years) and have never experienced anything like this!! Everywhere has problems, nowhere is prefect and yes we have had the occasional crime but, to be honest, I wouldn't be able to count on one hand the amount of crime I have witnessed since being here. Myself and my family where in the middle of these arson attacks and it was extremely scary!! It has nothing to with the fact that 'it happened in Warndon, because it's Warndon'. It happened because there are too many lowlifes in this city/country that find humor in doing that sort of thing!! It is disgusting!!! You cannot tarnish Warndon as a bad area. I enjoy living here. People do need to look past the name and maybe take a step in to Warndon to see that it is not a bad place!! Stop being so narrow minded and OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]elcapitano117[/bold] wrote: Agreed. i do not understand peoples rush to paint warndon as the wild west. i live ten seconds around the corner from Edgeworth close, i have lived in my flat for over 2 years and i can honestly say that i have never had a problem with anyone and very very rarely see or hear any problems. i was quite shocked to hear about these arson attacks on vehicles as its generally a very quiet area. People read the name Warndon and instantly think of decaying council estates and feral children running the streets, which is simply not the case. another Ultracrepidarian statement from somebody who has probably never even set foot in the area and never would through a false sense of fear perpetuated by ignorant fools.[/p][/quote]Excellent!! Very well said!! I have lived in Warndon all of my life (23 years) and have never experienced anything like this!! Everywhere has problems, nowhere is prefect and yes we have had the occasional crime but, to be honest, I wouldn't be able to count on one hand the amount of crime I have witnessed since being here. Myself and my family where in the middle of these arson attacks and it was extremely scary!! It has nothing to with the fact that 'it happened in Warndon, because it's Warndon'. It happened because there are too many lowlifes in this city/country that find humor in doing that sort of thing!! It is disgusting!!! You cannot tarnish Warndon as a bad area. I enjoy living here. People do need to look past the name and maybe take a step in to Warndon to see that it is not a bad place!! Stop being so narrow minded and OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!! amy_bsc54
  • Score: -1

10:08pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jay1981 says...

old bill want to get off there **** with all the shed break ins around tolladine area to.

I notice there soon there around school times to hsnd out tickets for cars parked on zig zagscoutside school which im all for.

but why no rush when it comes to reporting break in's
old bill want to get off there **** with all the shed break ins around tolladine area to. I notice there soon there around school times to hsnd out tickets for cars parked on zig zagscoutside school which im all for. but why no rush when it comes to reporting break in's Jay1981
  • Score: 0

10:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jay1981 says...

god dam predictive text on mobiles )
god dam predictive text on mobiles ) Jay1981
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Brummie_exile says...

I've lived in Worcester for only a couple of years now yet it still amuses me when I hear the locals say how rough Worcester is!! I would happily take these people for a drive around various areas in Birmingham and I think they would soon realise how lucky they are!

Warndon may not be as nice as other areas in Worcester but it is no means the crime ridden area most locals would have you believe.
I've lived in Worcester for only a couple of years now yet it still amuses me when I hear the locals say how rough Worcester is!! I would happily take these people for a drive around various areas in Birmingham and I think they would soon realise how lucky they are! Warndon may not be as nice as other areas in Worcester but it is no means the crime ridden area most locals would have you believe. Brummie_exile
  • Score: 3

12:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Worcestershire Youth Cabinet says...

murfyboy wrote:
It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed
Quick, crime has been committed- blame the teenagers before you even know the facts!
[quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed[/p][/quote]Quick, crime has been committed- blame the teenagers before you even know the facts! Worcestershire Youth Cabinet
  • Score: -1

11:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

anglew711 says...

Worcestershire Youth Cabinet wrote:
murfyboy wrote:
It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed
Quick, crime has been committed- blame the teenagers before you even know the facts!
You're absolutely correct. It's probably those hell raising pensioners again
[quote][p][bold]Worcestershire Youth Cabinet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]murfyboy[/bold] wrote: It's going to be teenagers with nothing better to do who have done this , unfortunately this hasn't made them look big and clever ,they now must be probably Worcestershires most wanted !. But seriously what will happen when they catch them? An asbo ? What sort of a deterrent is that for crime , especially when these jumped up little morons could killed[/p][/quote]Quick, crime has been committed- blame the teenagers before you even know the facts![/p][/quote]You're absolutely correct. It's probably those hell raising pensioners again anglew711
  • Score: 7

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