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CCTV appeal after factory unit targeted by arsonists - WATCH

By Luke Bartlett | Coseley | Crime | Published:

A £10,000 reward has been put up to catch four arsonists who targeted a warehouse and office complex.

Gang outside the building

Bosses from Commercial Body Fittings in Coseley have offered the large sum in return for information leading to the prosecution of the gang.

They were captured on CCTV clad in hoodies and face masks emptying petrol into the ground floor window of the building on Budden Road.

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CCTV appeal after factory unit targeted by arsonists

The firm’s managing director, who did not wish to be named, said: “The police have got some good inquiries going on at the minute and there are a couple of suspects. We do not want it to happen again, we cannot really relax.

“They haven’t broken in to steal anything...they have broken in to burn the place down.

“They smashed two different windows and have targeted the room that has got all of our paperwork in it, knowing that it would go up. I cannot believe that anybody would do this sort of thing. There are quite clear images of them all.

“It was the CCTV camera that caught them straight away. There was a lot of smoke damage, but the fire was contained to the room.”

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Fire crews worked to tackle the blaze at its height around 1am on August 6, with 10 firefighters on scene.

Damage caused by the arsonists

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: “We had a call from the police saying there was a factory fire.

“The first message back mentions a member of the public who contacted us and suggested youths had broken in to the back of the premises by smashing windows.”

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Police dogs searched the building for any sign of the suspects whilst firefighters using hose reel jets to calm the blaze.

Officers confirmed no one was injured during the incident and have no urged anyone with information to come forward.

Damage caused by the arsonists

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating an arson attack at Commercial Body Fittings, Budden Road, Coseley, that was reported at around 12.30am on August 6.

“Two ground floor windows were smashed and a flammable liquid was poured into the building and ignited. Four men were seen running away towards railway lines at the rear of the building.”

Anyone with information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 giving crime reference 20DY/177942R/18.

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

Trainee Express & Star reporter covering Dudley and Sandwell. Get in touch on 01902 319445 or via luke.bartlett@expressandstar.co.uk.

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