Police renew appeal following spate of arson attacks at Ramsgate tower block

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Kent Police is renewing an appeal for information following a spate of suspected arson attacks at a block of flats in Ramsgate.

Firefighters have been called to Trove Court in Newcastle Hill numerous times over the past three months due to fires inside a rubbish chute that they believe are being started deliberately.

The most recent incident was reported to Kent Police at 12.19am on Monday 19 June.

Officers had previously visited the location, along with representatives from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and East Kent Housing, where they carried out door-to-door enquiries and provided safety advice to residents.

Photo Kerry Keating

Inspector Lara Connor of Kent Police said: “While the cause of these fires remains unknown, the belief is that they are being started deliberately.

“It goes without saying that starting fires is incredibly dangerous and puts lives at risk. It also potentially diverts resources away from other more serious incidents.

“We want to see an end to these reports and I would encourage anyone with information to call the appeal line on 01843 222289. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Residents who have safety concerns in the event of a fire can contact East Kent Housing on 01843 577262 or visit www.eastkenthousing.org.uk.

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