On the evening of June 15th, 2023, a brazen act of arson targeted a police vehicle, leaving it utterly destroyed. The incident occurred in the Thornaby area of Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, casting a shadow over the community.

Initial reports suggest that the attack took place around 9:30 PM, as the police car was parked at a local community center on Thornaby Road. Witnesses described hearing a loud explosion followed by flames engulfing the vehicle.

Emergency services were swiftly dispatched to the scene, but the blaze had already consumed the car, rendering it beyond repair. The rapid response of the fire department prevented the flames from spreading to nearby buildings, but the police vehicle sustained extensive damage.

The motive behind the arson remains unclear, and the investigation is ongoing. Detectives have launched an appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. They are particularly interested in identifying any individuals who may have been seen near the community center in the hours leading up to the attack.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt of Cleveland Police condemned the attack, stating that it was "an appalling and senseless act of violence against a vital public service." She emphasized that the police are there to protect the community, and any attack on them is an attack on the entire community.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety of police officers in the area. Councillor Steve Nelson, the cabinet member responsible for community safety in Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, expressed his dismay at the attack. He said, "This is a deeply concerning incident that has shocked and angered our community."

Councillor Nelson stressed the importance of respecting the police and their role in society. "We must all work together to create a safe and secure environment for everyone in Stockton-on-Tees," he added.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Police have increased patrols in the Thornaby area to reassure residents and deter further incidents. They are urging the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police.

The attack on the police vehicle has sent shockwaves through the Teesside community. Residents have expressed their outrage and condemnation, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. It is a stark reminder of the challenges faced by police officers in the line of duty and the need for the public to support them.

As the investigation continues, Cleveland Police are determined to identify the individuals responsible for this heinous crime. They are confident that with the help of the community, they will bring the perpetrators to account and restore a sense of safety to the streets of Teesside.

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