Police have launched an investigation after fires broke out in a South London field.
The Met and the London Fire Brigade received multiple calls about a spate of fires near to the Woodmansterne Road junction with Lacross Way, in Merton, at around 12.30pm on Sunday, June 26.
Officers believe the fires were caused deliberately and a crime scene is in place while evidence is gathered. The fires, now all extinguished, caused some minor damage to a number of properties. Some houses were also evacuated as a precaution. There have been no reports of any serious injuries.
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A Met Police spokesperson said: “Detectives are investigating following reports of a series of fires in a field in Merton. Police and LFB received multiple calls to Woodmansterne Road, junction with Lacross Way at around 12.30pm.”
They added: “The fires are believed to have been caused deliberately. There have been no arrests at this time. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Minutes away from the incident, police were called to another fire on Turtle Road where 15 fire engines and 100 firefighters tackled a huge blaze. Six hectares of wasteland, shrubs and school playing fields are alight.
The Brigade’s 999 Control Officers have taken over 70 calls to the blaze. Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 ref CAD 3210/26 Jun.
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