ARSONISTS have caused thousands of pounds of damage across a town after going on a fire starting spree.
Cheadle Police are appealing for anyone who has information or is a witness to a number of fires that have been set in and around the area over the last few weeks, which they believe could be linked.
The latest arson attack occurred at Painsley Catholic College in Station Road, Cheadle, where a large skip was deliberately ignited, causing £1,500 worth of damage.
PC Dave Stubbs, of Cheadle local policing team, said: "I am investigating a series of fires that I suspect may be linked.
"I am investigating a deliberate fire to the trolley bay at ASDA Supermarket in Cheadle, when approximately 10 trolleys were destroyed causing around £900 worth of damage on Friday, July 13.
"Two grass fires have also been deliberately started on Churchill Road Recreational Ground, as well as bin fires on Lid Lane and The Green, Cheadle.
"Attempts have also been made to start a number of fires in the derelict nursing home on Well Street, Cheadle.
"The latest fire occurred at Painsley Catholic College where a large skip was deliberately ignited, causing £1,500 worth of damage.
"I am keen to speak to two youths aged approximately 15 or 16 years old, one male and one female, seen in the area at the time of the fire."
PC Stubbs said that during the summer school holidays police do see more arson attacks occurring.
He added: "I would like to stress the seriousness and dangers involved in deliberately setting fires, particularly during the school holidays where we do see an increase in this type of incident.
"Deliberately setting fires is arson, which is a serious criminal offence.
"Incidents of arson are dangerous, can put lives in danger and cause injury, property damage and environmental pollution."
Cheadle mayor Councillor Ron Locker said that the matter was "very distressing" and urged people to be vigilant and alert.
He added: "This is very distressing and all we can ask is that people are made aware of what is going on and report anything suspicious to police and PC Stubbs in particular, who is rooting very hard for us in Cheadle.
"We need to be more alert about what is going on; this is really awful and these people need to be caught before lives are put at risk."
Anyone with information with regards to any of the fires can contact PC Stubbs on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.