VIDEO: CCTV shows teenage girls starting town centre fire in broad daylight

The three girls watch the fire burn

The three girls watch the fire burn

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Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A gang of girls started a fire in the middle of the town centre in broad daylight - but did not bargain on getting caught on CCTV.

Town centre cameras caught the group of three girls setting light to a pile of rubbish near a treet outside the Grapes pub in Sutton High Street at 7.30pm on  Friday, May 9.

The images show the girls gather around the tree. One girl sets a bag of rubbish alight and another girl fans the flames to make them bigger.

The girls leave the scene only to return moments later when the fire has taken hold.

PC Louisa Patel, of Sutton Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "There were lots of people in the area at the time and there is always a danger that such incidents, however minor they may appear at the time, can quickly become very serious with the risk of injury or even loss of life."

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Police believe the girls are aged 14 to 17-years-old.

There were other people in the area at the time and police are keen to hear from anyone who saw the incident or recognises the girls from the pictures.

If you have information you can call police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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7:18pm Mon 19 May 14

Noddyblanket says...

Brazen! Hope they get caught and learn a lesson from the tickle on the wrist they get for it. Send the bill to their parents!
Brazen! Hope they get caught and learn a lesson from the tickle on the wrist they get for it. Send the bill to their parents! Noddyblanket
  • Score: 56

6:43am Tue 20 May 14

theavengers says...

how stupid. class act. some low class girls these days really are trash. if not already, they'll be next single mums on the housing list.
how stupid. class act. some low class girls these days really are trash. if not already, they'll be next single mums on the housing list. theavengers
  • Score: 59

11:16am Wed 21 May 14

Leonsm says...

jail them...see who has the last laugh
jail them...see who has the last laugh Leonsm
  • Score: 40

1:05pm Tue 27 May 14

Dani78 says...

welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..
welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do.. Dani78
  • Score: -9

8:00pm Tue 27 May 14

AlexTB says...

Dani78 wrote:
welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..
This is in Sutton, not Croydon.
[quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..[/p][/quote]This is in Sutton, not Croydon. AlexTB
  • Score: 25

11:47am Wed 28 May 14

Dani78 says...

AlexTB wrote:
Dani78 wrote: welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..
This is in Sutton, not Croydon.
still only down the road, sutton is a **** hole too.. still same excuses no doubt... Oh i live in Croydon myself and have done for 35 years so i can comment on how wonderful our town has become.
[quote][p][bold]AlexTB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..[/p][/quote]This is in Sutton, not Croydon.[/p][/quote]still only down the road, sutton is a **** hole too.. still same excuses no doubt... Oh i live in Croydon myself and have done for 35 years so i can comment on how wonderful our town has become. Dani78
  • Score: -2

1:00pm Mon 2 Jun 14

helen59 says...

name and sham them
name and sham them helen59
  • Score: 15

4:30am Mon 9 Jun 14

Jonny English says...

If they're under 18 then get the parents in court and make the accountable too and if their on benefits then stop the payments until costs are covered. This country is way to soft unless you are a law abiding citizen or motorist.
If they're under 18 then get the parents in court and make the accountable too and if their on benefits then stop the payments until costs are covered. This country is way to soft unless you are a law abiding citizen or motorist. Jonny English
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BenderTheMerciful says...

Dani78 wrote:
AlexTB wrote:
Dani78 wrote: welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..
This is in Sutton, not Croydon.
still only down the road, sutton is a **** hole too.. still same excuses no doubt... Oh i live in Croydon myself and have done for 35 years so i can comment on how wonderful our town has become.
I was born and raised in Carshalton and Purley. Bought my first property in Sutton, sold before the crash, bought in Islington which had a rep. So gentrified. Sold in Jan and moved back to Purley only to find it is just as Bad as Croydon and Sutton. Moving back to the City or Wimbledon. Screw paying another 30k in Stamp in a 12 month period. I will make that money back via savings on Insurance, the exorbitant council tax and the 260 travel cost I pay every month.
[quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlexTB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dani78[/bold] wrote: welcome to Croydon... im sure its because their mum was shagging their uncle and their dad was a druggy which will mean they get a holiday and some money to spend on some clothes and they have had such a poor upbringing which also means they will get off it.. ... Atleast Croydon council cant say the cctv wasnt working like they usually do..[/p][/quote]This is in Sutton, not Croydon.[/p][/quote]still only down the road, sutton is a **** hole too.. still same excuses no doubt... Oh i live in Croydon myself and have done for 35 years so i can comment on how wonderful our town has become.[/p][/quote]I was born and raised in Carshalton and Purley. Bought my first property in Sutton, sold before the crash, bought in Islington which had a rep. So gentrified. Sold in Jan and moved back to Purley only to find it is just as Bad as Croydon and Sutton. Moving back to the City or Wimbledon. Screw paying another 30k in Stamp in a 12 month period. I will make that money back via savings on Insurance, the exorbitant council tax and the 260 travel cost I pay every month. BenderTheMerciful
  • Score: 1

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