Galashiels fires investigated

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Police in the Borders have urged anyone with information to contact them following a number of suspicious fires in the Galashiels area, writes Kevin Janiak.

The first fire occurred on Thursday night, June 11, into Friday morning, between 11.30pm and 1am, when a hedgerow in Manse Place was set alight.

A second fire was ignited at around midnight on Saturday, June 13, in a hedgerow in Manse Street.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attended both incidents and the fires were extinguished successfully, although extensive damage was caused.

The last incident occurred on Sunday, June 14, at around 1.30am at Victoria Park, when a swing was set alight.

Given the proximity of the incidents and the short space of time in which they have occurred, officers believe the incidents may be linked and are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Police Sergeant Gavin Liddle said: “Thankfully, these fires were extinguished safely. However, they could have had much more serious consequences.

“We are eager to trace those involved as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.