Man arrested on suspicion of arson over 12 vehicle fires released on bail

Car on fire in Camden Road Photo Lucy Forde

A man arrested in connection with arson attacks on 12 vehicles in Ramsgate has been released on bail until April 30 pending further enquiries.

The 18-year-old was taken into custody on suspicion of arson following the spate of fires during just one night. on April 11.

These included a Ford Transit van  in Broad Street and a further seven vehicles alight in the area of Marlborough Road and Vale Square, and four in Clarendon Gardens. 

Fire crews were also called to Camden Road.

Superintendent Emma Banks of Kent Police said: “There have been a number of suspicious vehicle fires in Thanet in recent weeks and our detectives are working to establish any potential links between them.

“We are continuing to investigate and would urge anyone with information or footage, either CCTV or dashcam, to please contact us by calling 01843 222289 quoting reference 11-1787. If you would prefer to remain anonymous then you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at

The previous week four cars were found alight in Thanet in the early hours.

Kent Police was made aware by Kent Fire and Rescue Service of a car alight in Gladstone Road, Broadstairs,and received reports of three car fires in Chapel Place, Bellevue Road and Cavendish Street, in Ramsgate.

In March two cars were deliberately set alight in Leonard’s Avenue, by College Road, Ramsgate.


  1. Fantastic!! Free to continue as a fire bug arsonist causing a danger to the public. Not a very good response by the police. When they are a danger to public they should be put on remand, or is there no evidence to suggest it was him?, in which case people beware!

  2. They had better keep his identity a secret. There are a lot of very angry people in Ramsgate affected by this.

  3. In this case if there is sufficient evidence to arrest this man, for such a dangerous, and anti-social crime, then he should not be allowed to run free to perhaps carry on setting fire to vehicles! Arson is close to murder in its seriousness, surely there must be some mistake in not remanding him! Or is it more likely he can’t be tested for Coronavirus as there are no testing kits available, so best let him go!

  4. Since this story appeared, I see another bout of car fire raising has taken place, beginning of May, again another 18 year old, this time hes named

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