Arson and vandalism around Brighton Park not linked, police say

Posted On 30 Sep 2021 at 4:10 pm


An arsonist set a car alight and vandals smashed a cafe’s windows around Queen’s Park last night in two apparently unconnected incidents.

Police are not linking the two incidents, both of which are believed to have happened in the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters were called to the car fire in Queens Park Terrace at about 2.45am. The vandalism at Starfish and Coffee in Egremont Place was reported to police at 6am, and a neighbour heard glass breaking at 4am.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 02.44am, we were called to attend a car fire outside St Luke’s Church, Queens Park Terrace, Brighton.

“Firefighters from Preston Circus attended and used one hose reel to extinguish the fire. The cause was deemed as deliberate and the incident has been handed over to Sussex Police.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called about a car on fire in Queens Park Terrace, Brighton, shortly after 3am on Thursday (September 30).

“The fire service reported that the fire had been started deliberately, and officers are investigating and anyone with information can report it online or call 101 and quote serial 111 of 30/09.

“Police received a report of criminal damage shortly after 6am on Thursday (September 30) at a premises in Egremont Place, Brighton, where windows had been smashed.

“Officers are investigating and anyone with information should report it online or call 101 and quote serial 217 of 30/09.”

He said the two incidents were not being linked.

  1. Hove Guy Reply

    I wonder why the two incidents are not being linked. It seems too much of a coincidence.

    • Steven Seagull Reply

      Not linked is very odd !!! i smell a rat !

    • Some Guy Reply

      The obvious presumption is that they have information indicating a culprit (or at least a motive) for one incident which doesn’t chime with the other. Also, the timing is a bit odd. If both crimes were committed by one person (or group) then why the long gap between?

  2. Hove Guy Reply

    I wonder why the two incidents are not being linked. It seems too much of a coincidence.

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