Arsonists on motorcycles cause havoc in Dorset - 13 cars torched

The sleepy market town of Wimborne is in a state of disarray this week after motorcycle-mounted thugs wreak havoc leaving 13 cars destroyed

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WIMBORNE in Dorset has this week been transformed into what locals are describing as a ‘warzone’ after arsonist thugs on motorcycles have set ablaze some 13 cars.

The trail of destruction began on Sunday night when the thugs went from street to street starting the fires with no apparent motive. It’s reported that CCTV and doorbell footage of the arsonists allegedly shows them pouring an accelerant on the vehicles before setting them ablaze. It’s also been recorded that they were moving from street to street on a motorcycle although the make, model and ownership of the machine is as yet unknown.

Mail Online reports that the first blaze was started at around 11:35 pm on Sunday night in the Broadstone, while the last vehicle to be hit by the pair was torched at around 2:20 am in the Oakley area of Wimborne.


A statement by Detective Sergeant Simon Austin, of County CID, said, “These incidents have affected a large number of victims in the wider Wimborne area and we are aware that this will cause concern.” 

“I would like to reassure our local communities that officers are currently investigating all reported incidents and are making every effort to identify those responsible. People will see visible police activity as officers are making house-to-house and CCTV enquiries.” 

“We are appealing for any witnesses to any of the incidents or anyone who might have seen suspicious activity in the roads mentioned to please come forward.” 

“Also, I would urge anyone who may have home CCTV installed in those areas to please check their footage to see if there is anything of relevance that could help us.” 

The Police now have the task of investigating the crime, and will no doubt be trying to figure out if there is any connection bewteen the cars that were targetted, something that could lead them to perpetrators of the attacks.