Detectives keeping an "open mind" over links between arson attacks in Northamptonshire village

Jaguar torched on Weedon driveway just three weeks after similar incident half-a-mile away left family car-less

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 12:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 1:36 pm

Police are keeping an "open mind" over whether two arson attacks in a Northamptonshire village three weeks apart are connected.

This newspaper shared shocking video of two yobs torching three cars on a driveway in Weedon Bec in the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

That followed a similar attack on a vehicle parked outside a house about half-a-mile away earlier this month.

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Two yobs are caught on camera torching three cars on a drive in Weedon in the early hours of Tuesday
Two yobs are caught on camera torching three cars on a drive in Weedon in the early hours of Tuesday

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said "Detectives are investigating both incidents and although the two aren’t being officially linked at the moment, it’s something we are keeping an open mind about.

"We’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries and collected and reviewed CCTV following the initial incident in the village. That investigation is ongoing and very much open and live."

Two men were caught on camera pouring petrol over a Ford Fiesta parked on a driveway in West Street just before 2am on Tuesday morning before setting it light.

A luxury Jaguar XF was also destroyed as the fire spread and a Nissan Juke badly damaged before the pair fled — with one of them also setting a shoe on fire.

Justin Kirk's Honda was also destroyed in an arson attack in Weedon earlier this month

Meanwhile, Justin Kirk, who also lives in Weedon Bec with his wife and two children, admitted he was devastated when their Honda Civic was set alight earlier this month, leaving the family car-less.

The culprit was also seen on several neighbours' CCTV cameras.

Anybody with information on either incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This is what remained of a luxury Jaguar after Tuesday morning's blaze