Appeal for information following suspicious fires in Prestonpans

Police are appealing for information. Picture; John Devlin
Police are appealing for information. Picture; John Devlin
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Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses following two suspicious fires in Prestonpans.

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Both incidents took place during the late evening of Tuesday October 11.

Officers first received a report of a bus shelter on fire at the West End of the High Street at around 9.40 p.m. before also being contacted at 11 p.m. in relation to rubbish set alight on a grassy area next to the garages in Summerlee.

No one was injured during either fire and officers are now investigating whether these are linked to recent wheelie bin fires in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Sergeant Derek MacDonald from Prestonpans Police Station said: “These reckless acts of stupidity have resulted in significant damage to a bus shelter and to the grass at Summerlee, but the consequences could have been far worse had the fires taken hold and spread to nearby buildings or vehicles.

“I would ask anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in these areas, or who can help us identify those responsible, to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.