Five years after a wheelie bin fire caused the death of a three-year-old boy, arsonists have targeted the same street where he died.
Callum Bland died following a wheelie bin fire at his home in Fulmar Lane on the Hemmingwell estate, Wellingborough, on March 19, 2007.
On Tuesday night, almost five years to the day after the youngster’s tragic death, a series of wheelie bins were set on fire on the same estate.
The first was just before 9.50pm in Sandpiper Lane, the second just before 10pm at a commercial premises in Nest Farm Road and the final two just before 10.40pm in Fulmar Lane.
Estate residents were shocked by the series of events yesterday.
Hemmingwell Residents Association chairman Cathy Mulholland, of Fulmar Lane, said: “I would have thought that people would have learned – a child lost his life.
“It’s still very raw for people. I knew that little boy and his family, and this brings it all back.
“The people who did this know that Callum died here, but they still did it. They are so reckless.
“I was there that night after Callum died and his mum was so distraught.
“How will his family feel when they hear about this?”
Paul Haggan, 50, of Nest Farm Crescent, said: “Don’t people have any respect for Callum? People have got to have respect for other people’s lives. I hope the police are looking for this person.”
No-one has ever been prosecuted for starting the fire which killed Callum.
Wellingborough sector commander Insp Nick Lyall said: “We have put on additional patrols in that area and we will do our best to identify and locate this offender.”
Hemmingwell ward councillor Graham Lawman said: “I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effect this can have on the community and we’ve done a lot of work with the fire service and the police to educate people about the potentially tragic consequences of setting fire to bins.
“It’s totally unacceptable and we’ll all work together to identify and catch the people that do this and put a stop to it once and for all.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.