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Arson attack on New Milton public toilets could have put residents in danger, police warn

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POLICE slammed arsonists for potentially endangering local residents after New Milton town centre’s public toilet block was targeted last night (Thursday).

Firefighters smashed a window to gain access to the cubicle where a fire was deliberately started in a toilet roll holder at the New Forest District Council facility near the recreation ground off Old Milton Road.

The alarm was raised shortly after 9pm, with reports smoke was billowing from the block, and a local crew spent about an hour containing the emergency.

The aftermath of the arson (photo: Hampshire police)
The aftermath of the arson (photo: Hampshire police)

Posting an image on Facebook showing the aftermath of the incident, PCSO George Bailey-Burnley urged those who had information about the incident to come forward.

“This is a very serious incident and whoever carried out this act was adamant in causing damage,” he wrote.

“It could have been worse in that further damage and/or destruction of the toilet block could have occurred and nearby residents may have had to [have] been evacuated, luckily fire and rescue quickly responded.

“In order to gain quick access to the cubicle, fire and rescue had to break the window.”

Those with information should contact Hampshire officers on 101, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or email george.bailey-burnley@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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