Five-figure reward for info on arsonists

THE owners of a bus and lorry which were torched by vandals in a Castle Douglas depot have put up a five-figure reward for information leading to a prosecution.

Damage assessors now say the total is more than £150,000 after the vehicles were set on fire in March.

Police say they are following up leads but need more information and are appealing to the public.

The fire was discovered at the bus depot at Clarebrand Village about two miles from Castle Douglas on March 23. A police spokesman said: “The reward will be issued to anyone who provides the information that leads to the identification and prosecution of the person or people responsible for the fire which engulfed two parked vehicles at the ABC Bus Depot in the village.

“A Daf recovery lorry and a 56-seat single deck coach were both discovered well ablaze on the early hours of that Friday morning.

“Fire crews attended and extinguished the fire and following a joint police and fire investigation, it was established the blaze was started suspiciously.”

He added: “The cost of the damage has run past £150,000 and both the owners and the police are keen to find the people or person responsible.”

Detective Constable Ross Milligan from Castle Douglas CID said: “We have conducted a number of enquiries, including staff statements and a door to door of the surrounding area. A number of lines of enquiry have opened up however we need more substantial evidence to pursue a positive line. “While no was injured it caused a considerable amount of damage and we are keen for anyone with any information to contact us.”

Police can be contacted on 08456005701.