POLICE have launched an arson investigation after a fire caused “significant” damage to a property and could have had “devastating” results.

Two residents were home at the time of the fire which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, June 19.

A number of bins were set alight in Northcote Road and Holdenhurst Road at around 2.15am.

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The fire also burnt down a wooden fence causing damage to an outhouse.

Police have now appealed for witnesses and anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage to contact them.

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Detective Sergeant Adam Aggas, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was mindless vandalism that could have had devastating results.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who may have seen someone acting in a suspicious manner in the area at the relevant time to please come forward.

“Also, I am very keen to hear from any motorists with dashcam and owners of home CCTV who might have footage in relation to the incident.”

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220097676.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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