Car dealerships in Salisbury hit by arsonist

Several car dealerships in the Salisbury area were targeted in a spate of damaging arson attacks earlier this week.

The Penton dealership and the Edwards Ford dealership in the Churchfield Industrial Estate were attacked in the early hours of the morning, according to CCTV footage. The manager of the Penton branch, Mark Timbrell, told reporters at the Salisbury Journal: "Our CCTV shows that someone pulled up about 2.15am and put something under the wheel arch of the Range Rover causing a small explosion or fire. It went up very quickly."

He added: "In the other car, a Mokka, it looks like they put something below the windscreen because the price of damage is in the engine."

The Range Rover damaged in the attack was worth £36,000 and was the most expensive car on the Penton dealership's forecourt. It was also the one positioned closest to the road, making it the easiest target.

Protecting your dealership from this type of crime is not easy but taking out the right level of motor trade insurance can help to protect your business from the costs involved with replacing or repairing damage caused by these kinds of attacks.

The Hallmark Motor Company site in Durrington was also targeted on the same night and around £30,000 worth of damage was reported. At a Westover dealership in Old Sarum, around £100,000 worth of damage was reported.

The attacks were very premeditated and involved something being placed under the wheel arches of the vehicles. A man, aged 26 and from the local area, has been arrested for the crimes and is in police custody.