Arson series solved

Detectives in Bad Homburg have solved the series of arson attacks in Oberursel which had involved setting light to rubbish bins.  In some cases the neighbouring buildings had been damaged by the blazes, with the total damage estimated at €250,000.

According to police the fires where started by a group of twelve youths who operated in different combinations, but where two in particular – a 19-year-old from Oberursel and an 18-year-old from Wehrheim – considered to be the main culprits.

The inquiry is said to be very complicated and continues.

Yet more rubbish bins set alight

Last Thursday night (15th August, 2013) yet more rubbish bins containing waste paper were set alight throughout Oberursel, some of which caused damage to neighbouring buildings which is estimated to worth around €30,000 in total.

Police are treating the fires are arson and are asking for witnesses to call them in Bad Homburg on 06172 1200.

The rubbish bins were in the Berliner Straße, Erich-Ollenhauer-Straße, Lahnstraße, Vorstadt, and Eschbachweg, the latter of which caused damage to the entrance to a Kindergarten.


More rubbish bins set alight

A number of rubbish bins, some of them containing paper rubbish, were set alight last week.

On the night of 5th August, 2013, several rubbish bins were set alight in “An den Drei Hasen” which caused damage to a neighbouring building.

In the early hours of Friday, 9th August, rubbish bins and a newspaper stand were set alight in the Hans-Mess-Straße in Oberstedten.  Three fire engines attended and a small transporter was also damaged by the flames.

Witnesses are asked to call detectives in Bad Homburg on 06172 1200.

Only weeks before a number of other rubbish bins and the red telephone box in the Rushmoor Park had been set alight.

Red telephone box set on fire in Rushmoor Park

The fire brigade “Oberursel Mitte” were called to the Rushmoor Park in the early hours of Saturday morning (29th June, 2013), where the red telephone box had been set on fire.

The telephone box had been in use as a library where people could go to read and either borrow or exchange books.

Both the books and the telephone box itself suffered substantial damage in the blaze which has been estimated at €1,500.  Police believe that the box was subject to an arson attack, a theory supported by the fact that a rubbish bin was also set alight on the nearby Oberhöchstadterstraße only half an hour beforehand and also had to be extinguished by the fire brigade. [Read more…]

Witnesses sought for possible arson attack

Police in Bad Homburg are asking witnesses to came forward after investigations into a fire in Oberursel on 21st December 2012 revealed that it was probably started deliberately.

The fire started at 2.10pm on that afternoon in the Dornbachstraße.  The investigation into the fire found out that the fire was probably caused by a group of youths, one of whom through a lit firework onto the balcony of the flat concerned.

According to one witnesses that have already been spoken to the group was made up of 4 or 5 youths, probably of German origin, 13 to 15 years old and between 150 and 160cm tall.  One of them was a girl with blond hair and wearing a dark jacket and light coloured jeans.  One of the boys was older and taller than the rest, with dark coloured hair and wearing a turquoise or light blue jacked and dark trousers.

The group fled via the Usastraße and it is suspected that they live near the Dornbachcenter and often hang around there.

The fire caused €60,000 of damage.

Anyone who can help with the enquiry is asked to call Bad Homburg police on 06172 1200.

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