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Police automobile torched as officer escorts weak particular person to hospital

Lancashire police have convicted arsonists for deliberately setting fire to a police car when an officer was rushing a vulnerable person to hospital.

Officers were called to Knotts Lane in Colne just before 1:00 a.m. today (April 14) to report that the vehicle had been damaged and deliberately set on fire.

The car was parked while an officer helped take a vulnerable member of the public to the hospital.

No one has been arrested at this point and the incident is being treated as arson.

In connection with the incident, police want to speak to two men who approach the vehicle before they destroy it and set it on fire.

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Pendle Police Inspector Andy Ainsworth said, “This is a despicable and reckless crime that has resulted in serious damage to a police car. Not only did it put a police vehicle permanently out of service, it left a substantial bill for the taxpayer to replace it.

“Not only is this crime selfish and disrespectful, it also gave us one less car to handle emergencies and keep people safe.

“I know the Pendle people will be rightly horrified by this crime, and I would ask anyone with any information, cell phone or dashcam footage that could help us identify those responsible who would contact the police immediately can.

“We’d also like to hear from anyone who saw two men at the time who were suspicious of the area.”

Anyone with information is asked to send an email to 3200@lancashire.police.uk or call the police on 101, quoting protocol 0051 dated April 14, 2020. Alternatively, you can call the independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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