Updated: Sunday, 19th November 2017 @ 8:06am

New Year's Day arson rampage: Police hunt man after eight cars torched in Oldham wrecking spree

New Year's Day arson rampage: Police hunt man after eight cars torched in Oldham wrecking spree

By Mancunian Matters staff

Police in Oldham are on the hunt for a man they believe is responsible torching eight vehicles in the early hours of New Years' Day.

Sometime between 2am and 3.30am on a vehicle was set alight while it was parked in a garage attached to a house on Firswood Drive, Royton.

Over the course of the following five hours, further vehicles were set alight on Queen Street and King Albert Street, Shaw. Extensive damage was caused to all the vehicles involved, but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Greater Manchester Police have a description of a man who was seen in the area at the time of the incidents who they would like to speak to. He is described as white, around 6ft tall, in his mid-20s, with a shaven head and wearing a white T-shirt.

Detective Inspector Darren Meeks, of Oldham CID, said: "These arson attacks caused significant damage but could easily have resulted in far more serious consequences if the fire from the vehicles had spread to nearby houses.

"We have yet to fully establish a motive or explanation for the attacks, but we are linking them as we feel confident they were carried out by the same person.

"I now want to hear from anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area to get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oldham Police on 0161 856 8951 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of GMP, with thanks.

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