Arson attack wrecks police car as photos show charred interior

Dramatic pictures show the aftermath of an arson attack which destroyed a police car.

The unoccupied marked car was parked on Waterford Road, in Stockton, when a brick was smashed through the front side window. The vehicle was then set partially ablaze causing extensive damage and resulting in it no longer being available to use.

Police believe the fire broke out at around 2.30pm on Wednesday, May 29 and officers have now launched an appeal asking for witnesses to come forward. Officers are following several lines of enquiry to identify the suspects involved.

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Chief Inspector Dan Heron, from Stockton’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is an incredibly serious crime, and we are progressing with our enquiries to identify and subsequently apprehend those that are responsible. The police car has been written off, and that means a much-needed resource that is used to respond to emergency 999 calls is now no longer available.

“As part of our enquiries, we will be conducting patrols in and around the area.

“I want to take this opportunity to urge residents in the area to check their dash cam or CCTV for footage that may assist with our investigation. I also encourage anyone with information – no matter how small – to contact Cleveland Police via 101 or if reticent to come forward, to anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”