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Author Topic: Three buses destroyed in Paignton bus station 'arson attack' (BBC News 30/07/12)  (Read 2968 times)
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« on: July 30, 2012, 12:09:36 pm »

From the BBC:

Three buses have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack at a bus station in south Devon.

Fire crews were called to the station in Paignton at about 04:25 BST after reports of a loud explosion.

Two double-decker buses and one single-decker were destroyed at the site in Dartmouth Road, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Nearby roads were closed, and bus operator Stagecoach was working to get replacement vehicles, officers added.

The incident caused damage estimated at about ^120,000 and was being treated as suspected arson, police said.

Police and fire officers have begun a joint investigation into the cause.

The closed roads have since reopened, police said.

Stagecoach said the incident was unlikely to impact on bus services around Torbay.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 12:29:39 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 02:01:20 pm »

Charges against a man accused of arson dropped -

ARSON charges against a man accused of setting fire to three buses in Paignton have been dropped.

Stephen Lee Bowstead, 23, had denied causing ^31,000 of damage to the Stagecoach vehicles on July 30.

More than 20 members of the public called the fire brigade when they saw the blaze lighting up the night sky as two double deckers and a single decker went up in flames.

Bowstead, of no fixed abode, was due to be committed to Exeter Crown Court to face the charges but when he appeared before magistrates in Torquay the case was dismissed.

However, he was convicted of setting fire to beach huts in Paignton on June 26 causing ^350 of damage.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of arson intending to cause damage and being reckless as to whether it was destroyed.

He was sent to jail for 60 days.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of arson which involved setting fire to beach huts.

"However, on reviewing the case against the defendant relating to allegedly setting fire to buses, the CPS had to discontinue the prosecution due to insufficient evidence.

A Stagecoach spokesman said: "The decision on whether or not to proceed with a case is a matter for the police and the CPS."
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 10:49:59 pm »

Damn, I was hoping that someone would pay for that attack, one of the buses destroyed in the fire was the only bus I've ever really had a proper affinity with  Tongue

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