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campervanblazenewport3UPDATED: Police are this morning (Sunday) investigating a suspicious campervan blaze on a residential street in Newport.

At just before 01:20 the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a vehicle fire on Cypress Road near to the junction with Mount Pleasant Road, where fire crews soon discovered a VW camper to be engulfed by flames.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to extinguish the fire, which was brought under control by 02:00.

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The video above, partially captured by an Island Echo reader, shows the dramatic moment a suspected cylinder inside the vehicle exploded, sending flames shooting into the air.

Hampshire Constabulary have launched an investigation into the incident. They are also looking into the break-in of another campervan located just 20 metres down the road.

14560018_10211507712158339_855939571013767252_oUPDATE @ 09:55 – Officers are further probing several instances of criminal damage to parked cars in roads surrounding Cypress Road.

At least 4 cars and a van have had their windows smashed overnight.

An Island Echo reader is said to have witnessed 2 men commit the act.

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Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44160400067. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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