Police announced on Friday the arrest of a Nicosia man in connection with multiple arson attacks carried out a day earlier in the suburb of Anthoupolis.
“A 40-year-old man from Nicosia district was arrested last night during the investigation being carried out into yesterday’s case of arson, carried out on four cars, parked within a distance of 200 metres between them, in Nicosia district,” a statement said.
The fires, which were set at around 12.20am broke out in three cars and a refuge collection vehicle, with a bed located in the garden of a nearby house also set alight.
The fire service was called to the area and extinguished the fires. From investigations that followed, it was ascertained that the fires were set deliberately. One of the cars was completely destroyed, while the three others sustained damage.
One of the fires, which was set in a covered parking spot, spread to two cars parked underneath, completely destroyed one car and damaged the exterior of the other.
A rubbish truck, which was parked in an open space, appeared to have been set alight with the damage restricted to its interior, while a fourth vehicle, which was parked in a parallel road, also suffered damage to its interior.
In a separate development, Nicosia police also announced on Thursday the arrest of two 18-year-olds to facilitate investigations into an arson attack carried out on Wednesday outside a school, where a 50-year-old woman’s car sustained extensive damage to its front and engine.