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Police launch operation after three arson attacks on Outwood pub
11:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Local News
East Surrey police have launched an operation and a reward has been put up after three arson attacks were carried out on a pub in Outwood.
Detectives from East Surrey CID are appealing for information on the attacks which happened at the Dog and Duck pub in Prince of Wales Road.
The arsons, which happened in August, September and earlier this month, are now all being investigated under the operational name Operation Andaman.
The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for anyone who provides information direct to them which leads to the arrest and conviction of a person involved in the attacks. Information can be passed to the charity anonymously, but details passed to the police will not qualify for the reward. Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Sean Kelly, said: "These incidents are extremely concerning as they show a level of planning and intent to cause harm to those inside the property.”
Det Insp Kelly said: “Therefore, we are doing all we can to prevent further occurrences and to bring the person responsible to justice.”
He continued: "I believe the offender will have spoken with someone about the offences and I would urge that person to either contact officers with information, or speak anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers.”
The first arson attack happened at around 4.15am on Friday, August 2, when about £500 worth of damage was caused to a double garage at the pub.
The second attack occurred at around 2.45am on Sunday, September 22, when around £1,000 worth of damage was caused after a fire was started inside the pub.
And on Saturday, October 5, a fire was deliberately started inside a caravan parked on the site, and at outbuildings, causing around £8,000 worth of damage.
A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: “The offender is seen on CCTV wearing a balaclava and a distinctive blue boiler suit with gloves, and officers would urge anyone who has their suspicions around someone they know, to contact them with information.”
Anyone who can help the investigation is being urged to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting Operation Andaman.
Alternatively, people can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.