Costa Blanca serial arsonist held

BURNT OUT: Arsonist found by undercover police officers ©Ayuntamiento de San Pedro

LOCAL Police based in San Pedro del Pinatar arrested a man believed to be a local arsonist.

He specialises in setting fire to rubbish containers and it’s believed that he’s responsible for at least 11 blazes, some of which also burned adjacent palm trees.

The latest two acts occurred in Calle Campoamor de Lo Pagán in which two more bins were destroyed, the first of which was around 5.30am in the morning when the alarm was raised.  45 minutes later, police and the fire service were alerted to another container on fire in the same street.

Unmarked police vehicles were then sent to the scene to find the arsonist and by 6.40am they’d found him setting fire to yet another container 400 metres away in Calle San Lorenzo.

After a chase on foot down the street, a 32-year-old Colombian was arrested with several lighters and flammable materials on his person.

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