Arson attack at Paignton destroys three vehicles

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Three buses have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack at Paignton bus station in South Devon.

Police and fire service staff were called to the station at about 0425hrs after reports of a loud explosion. Two double-decker buses and one single-decker were destroyed at the site in Dartmouth Road, according to information from Devon and Cornwall Police. Nearby roads were closed, which reopened later in the day, and Stagecoach brought in replacement vehicles from Exeter.

The incident caused damage estimated at about £120,000 and was being treated as suspected arson. Police and fire officers have begun a joint investigation into the cause, with the operator supplying CCTV footage.

Stagecoach said while the vehicles were completely burnt out, the facility itself remained undamaged and nobody is believed to have been harmed. The operator said the incident was unlikely to impact on bus services around Torbay.