Tingewick arson attacks

“Appeal for witnesses following series of arsons – Finmere

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a number of arson incidents in Finmere.

The incidents all took place overnight between yesterday (13/10) and today (14/10).

Three cars were set alight at Yew Tree Garage on Banbury Road and a fire was also started inside Finmere Village Hall.

The offenders are believed to be three teenage boys. One of the boys was wearing a blue top with white/grey trousers and white trainers.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Ben Dyke, based at Bicester police station, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have information about these incidents to please come forward.

“I would ask anyone in the local area who has dash-cams or CCTV to check any footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with this investigation.

“We are aware of a number of other incidents having happened recently in the Buckingham and Tingewick area. We are keeping an open mind as to whether these may be linked and enquiries are ongoing.

“Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or making a report online, quoting reference 43210462806.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website.”

…and this from Greg Smith MP

I’ve just spoken to Acting Chief Inspector Simon Lincoln at Thames Valley police regarding the devastating arson attacks in Tingewick over recent days. We are equally appalled by these horrific crimes. TVP have assured me that the force is treating this as a top priority, both in terms of the investigation and in terms of stepping up the policing presence in Tingewick and the surrounding area to ensure public safety.
Please contact TVP if you have any information relating to these incidents.”