Man released on police bail following arrest over WImborne car fires

Officers are continuing to investigate reports of multiple vehicles in the wider Wimborne area while the arrested man is released on police bail.

In the early hours of Monday 15 May 2023, between approximately 1am and 3am, multiple car fires in the Broadstone, Wimborne and Merley areas were reported to police.

It is believed 13 vehicles and two properties were affected. The locations with reported incidents were Wentworth Drive, Oakley Hill, Oakley Road, Merley Way, Stour Walk, New Borough Road, Grove Road and Leigh Road.

Following a number of enquiries, a local man aged in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of arson. He has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.

Chief Inspector Andy Edwards, of Dorset Police, said: “It is vitally important that we establish what happened and it remains a priority that we continue to carry out a thorough investigation and therefore, a dedicated team is continuing with detailed enquiries.

“I would like to reiterate our appeal for anyone who may have any piece of information or footage to help our enquiries to please come forward – we want to hear from you.

“The impact on our communities is not underestimated and I would like to remind residents that officers from our neighbourhood policing teams will continue to carry out enhanced patrols in the area and can be approached with any information or concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230073977. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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