Mystery arsonist targets Walthamstow buses

Police are appealing for help after two arson attacks on Walthamstow buses last week

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Police are appealing for help after two Walthamstow buses were set on fire last week.

On 2nd January, a route 215 bus was set alight at 5.55pm. A day later, at 7.45pm, a fire was deliberately started on a route 97 bus.

Police are treating the two fires as linked and are also investigating two other bus fires in East London last week, which they do not believe are linked to the Walthamstow incidents.

Thankfully, on all four occasions, no one on any of the buses was injured.

Detective Sergeant Cassandra Osborne from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “We are appealing to the public for any information to help us apprehend whoever is responsible for these fires.

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“These are extremely reckless actions which are putting the lives of innocent people at risk. All these buses were in service at the time of the fires and it is only by sheer luck that no one has been hurt.

“If you can help, please get in contact as soon as possible.”

Tom Cunnington, TfL’s Head of Buses Business Development, added: “Thankfully no one was hurt during these incidents. We are supporting the police with their investigations into this highly dangerous behaviour.

“It is reckless and irresponsible, putting lives at risk. We urge anyone with information to come forward and help bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 3625/8Jan. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity and provide information anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

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