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Appeal after fire at Newcastle Metro station

15 Nov 2017 15:00 PM

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We are appealing for information after a fire at a Metro station in Newcastle.

At approximately 7.40pm on Monday evening we received a report of a fire at Fawdon Metro Station.

Emergency services attended and discovered a plastic bike rack was on fire.

The fire service extinguished the blaze and thankfully nobody was injured during the incident.

Enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the fire but it is the second time that the bike rack has been set on fire this month.

On that occasion the fire service was called to a previous incident on the evening of November 6.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "We are treating this latest fire as suspicious but we still need to carry out a number of enquiries to establish if it was an arson.

"We know there were a group of teenagers in the area before the fire started and we want to trace those individuals.

"If you are those teenagers, if you saw them in the area or if you know who they are then please get in touch.

"An investigation into a similar fire on November 6 is still ongoing but we also believe a group of youths may have been involved in that incident.

"We know that a member of the public spoke to firefighters at the scene of the fire as they had mobile phone footage of the incident.

"This individual left the scene without providing their details so if they read this appeal we would ask them to call us so we can review the footage they have."

Inspector Rana also believe the fires could be linked to further youth anti-social behaviour at the Kingston Park, Fawdon and Wansbeck Road Metro stations.

Increased patrols are taking place as part of Operation Twilight which is the force's response to the changing crime patterns that emerge in the darker winter months.

Inspector Rana said: "We are aware of an increase in anti-social behaviour on our Metro stations and we are working closely with our dedicated Metro Unit.

"As part of Operation Twilight we will be deploying more visible patrols in locations where we are seeing groups of youths congregating to prevent these types of incidents.

"Not only can it be scary for other members of the public, but these individuals are putting themselves at risk by literally playing with fire. It needs to stop now."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference number 1047 13/11/17 or by emailing central.intelligence@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.