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Man charged with arson over Hucknall blaze and four other fires

A man is due in court tomorrow charged with five counts of arson following a police investigation into a series of blazes.

The five fires happened at an industrial estate in Wigwam Lane, Hucknall and, later, in Bestwood Village, in the early hours of Tuesday morning (16 November).

Officers arrived at the scene at around 1.30am and found three vehicles had been set alight. The fire later spread into the yard surrounding the area causing further damage to vehicles and a building.

A further two fires were reported a short time later at different areas within the industrial estate where another four vehicles were found alight and a skip was found burning.

A number of officers quickly responded to the reports and thankfully with the help of the force’s drone team another fire was spotted in School Walk, Bestwood Village, which was able to be extinguished quickly.

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A further fire in Bestwood Village was also discovered that involved construction machinery.

Following an extensive investigation by Nottinghamshire Police, officers have now charged 28-year-old Patrick Harrison, of Mansfield Road, Carrington, with five counts of arson.

He will appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday 22 November).

Detective Sergeant Matt Scott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The fires caused a considerable impact on both Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on the day but thankfully due to the quick response the damage was minimised.

“Arson is a serious offence and following our investigation we have now charged a man in connection with the incidents.”

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