4.19 AM Thursday 31 July 2014

Reward offered after Upton Heath blaze

Detectives investigating a large heath fire on the borders of Upton continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward – with the Crimestoppers charity now offering a reward.

Crimestoppers LogoThe fire on Upton Heath was reported to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service at 1.55pm last Thursday, 9 June 2011.

Police are working to identify two young men who may have vital information about the blaze.

Detective Inspector Jim Beashel of Dorset Police said: "I hope this cash reward will encourage members of the public to call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 with any information they may have about these two men.

"Anyone with information is urged to get in touch – in the strictest of confidence – at the earliest opportunity."

The two young men are white.

One of the men was wearing a grey T-Shirt and blue jeans. The other man was wearing a long blue sweatshirt and dark blue trousers.

They were walking toward the A35 footbridge leading to Heights Road in Upton.

DI Beashel continued: "This was a major incident that had a considerable impact on the community. I believe that those responsible are likely to have told friends or family about their involvement and would urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as possible."

Members of the public will only be eligible for the cash reward if they call the Crimestoppers line – on 0800 555 111 – with information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01305 or 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 09:297. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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