Officers in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone
with information to come forward after a doctors surgery was
maliciously set alight in the Canford Heath area of the
At around 2.50am on Tuesday 12 June 2012 officers received a
report of a building on fire at Culliford Crescent.
Officers attended and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
extinguished the blaze.
Detective Constable Shanena Stewart, of Bournemouth and Poole
said: “It is suspected that one or more waste bins were set alight
deliberately and as a result the roof of the surgery has ignited
and is now completely destroyed.
“There is major external damage from the fire and internal water
“There were no signs of forced entry and we do not suspect any
offenders entered the premises, albeit it is believed this was a
deliberate ignition and not accidental.”
A short while after the fire was discovered, another wheelie bin
was found alight at the rear of a parade of shops near to the
doctors surgery – fortunately this was only limited to the bin.
DC Stewart continued: “Luckily no
one was injured. However, this will have a huge effect on the local
community which includes many elderly residents.”
Witnesses and anyone with information
should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident
number 12:035. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous
Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may