Cops say EDL ‘not linked’ to attacks

FIREBOMBED: A burnt out car following one of the attacks
FIREBOMBED: A burnt out car following one of the attacks

FOUR cars have been destroyed by arsonists in attacks outside Luton homes over the past week.

The spate of firebombings began in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 27) in Bushmead, when a car was set alight outside a house in Chalkdown.

Another car was then set on fire in Brompton Gardens in Marsh Farm in the early hours of Monday morning, followed by incidents in Carlton Close, Biscot, and Newark Road, Bury Park, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Houses have also been spray painted with graffiti and windows broken in a string of 21 criminal damage incidents which stretch back seven weeks, a spokesman for Bedfordshire Police said.

Several properties have had the letters ‘EDL’ spray painted on them, but the English Defence League says it is in no way connected with the incidents.

Two men were arrested in connection with the Brompton Gardens incident and both have been bailed without charge while investigations continue.

The Beds Police spokesman said forensic examinations and house-to-house enquires had taken place after each incident.

The officer in charge, Det Insp Steve Ashdown, said: “We believe these incidents are related. I would reassure our communities that everything is being done to stop this happening with a dedicated team of officers working to identify the offenders and bring them to justice.

“The two people arrested have been investigated and there is no evidence linking them to the English Defence League.”

A dedicated hotline number – 01582 394077 – has been set up for anyone with information about the attacks to pass on what they know in confidence. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Det Insp Ashdown continued: “Anyone with information about those responsible for these crimes can contact Bedfordshire Police and be assured that whatever information they give will be used in strict confidence. We would also ask members of our communities who are concerned about these incidents to speak to the police and not take matters into their own hands.”