Hunt for arsonists after seven attacks in one night in Northamptonshire town

The arson attack in Nightingale Lane, Wellingborough
The arson attack in Nightingale Lane, Wellingborough

Police are hunting those behind a string of arson attacks carried out overnight in Wellingborough.

Seven fires, where fencing, plants and a wheelie bin were set alight, were reported to the emergency services overnight on Friday, July 10, to Saturday, July 11.

Three of the fires were started at properties in Priory Road, Robin Lane and Heron Close, while there were two fires in Nightingale Lane and another two in Abbotts Way.

All seven fires are being treated as suspicious.

Inspector Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: “These fires caused a lot of damage and in one incident in particular, in Nightingale Lane, a fence was set alight which spread to a nearby shed, causing more than £1,000 worth of damage to the shed and the tools inside.

“Fortunately, none of the fires spread to any houses on this occasion, but that could very easily have happened and I’d like to remind people of the very real dangers of arson - it’s not just criminal damage, it can have potentially fatal consequences.

“Anyone who has any information about the person or people setting these fires, or anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the location of any of the fires, is urged to contact police as soon as possible.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information, are asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or use the anonymous online form at