Kent Police detectives have arrested a man in connection with a number of reported arsons across the Isle of Sheppey.
In a pre-planned operation, officers executed a warrant in Queens Road, Minster-On-Sea and arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of arson, who remains in police custody.
Detectives are investigating farm fires on Lower Road in Minster on Friday 1st August and Queenborough Road in Queenborough on Sunday 17th August. Officers remain at the scene at a blaze in Elm Lane, Minster, reported at around 1.25am earlier today (Friday 22nd August).
Swale District Commander, Chief Inspector Tony Henley, told SFM News: "I recognise how distressing these mindless and destructive fires are and I would like to reassure the residents of Sheppey, and in particular the farming community, that we are committed to catching those responsible. Alongside the criminal investigation my officers are speaking to the farming community and those affected and offering support and advice at this time. We have one person in custody today. However, we have a number of lines of enquiry ongoing and there are other people we would like to speak to in connection with these incidents. I would urge anybody with any information about these incidents to contact the investigating officer, PC Robin Stump, on 07980 683675, quoting crime reference XY/029871/14. Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous you can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555111."