Two people arrested on suspicion of Arson over Tunstall Hill Fire

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of arson over the burning of a car in the Tunstall Hill area.

Over the weekend, a car was burnt out in the nature reserve, marked as a “tribute” to a young man who had passed away.

It has become a recent trend amongst yobs to burn vehicles and engage in social behaviour to mark the loss of a friend, with similar incidents taking place in Seaham and Easington Lane this year.

Videos went viral on social media showing a blue car parked on a hill with flames coming out of the bonnet and door as well as youngsters holding rocket fireworks and setting them off from out of their hands.

The burnt out chassis of the car remains in the area, and its removal must be funded by the taxpayer.

Following the disorder, which took place on the night of Saturday June 1, Northumbria Police vowed to track down and “deal” with those involved.

“A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have since been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.

“They have been released on police bail with enquiries ongoing.”

The investigation is being led by Inspector Ash Hopper who, speaking following the disorder said: “It was reported that a large group were setting off fireworks and engaging in disorder, with a vehicle also having been set alight.

“We understand and recognise the impact that the antisocial behaviour of a minority has on our wider communities.

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and a full investigation – with the support from our partners – has been launched.

“Neighbourhood officers will continue to carry out targeted patrols in the area to tackle pockets of disorder, and anyone found to be involved can expect to be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.

“We would continue to ask members of the public to contact us with any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour via the Report it page of our website or by calling 101.

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