Arsonists destroy Leicester charity's minibus
An environmental charity's minibus has been destroyed by arsonists.
The vehicle was set alight and destroyed at Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire's base, the Jackson Centre, in Leicester's Western Park .
Police said the white LDV Convoy, was targeted at 11pm on Saturday, January 5.
The force issued a photograph of the charred remains of the vehicle yesterday and appealed for help tracing those responsible for the fire.
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The charity is involved in a range of projects across the county, including working with residents to spruce up run-down areas, recycling and training young people.
Western Park councillor Dr Susan Barton said: "It's really sad that anyone would do this to a group which does so much good work for the community across the city.
"A lot of people who work with it are volunteers, too.
"Let's hope this doesn't have too much of an affect on the important projects Groundwork is involved in."
Police community support officer Sally-Anne Morgan said: "This was a thoughtless crime committed by someone who has no regard for the effect it will have on those that use the bus.
"Although the incident took place late in the evening, the area in which it took place is busy most times of the day and night.
"Were you driving along Hinckley Road on this Saturday night?
"Did you see someone acting suspiciously in the area or do you have any information about this incident?
"If you can help with any part of our inquiry, I would urge you to contact us.
"Any information, no matter how small, could help with our inquiries."
No one from Groundwork was available to comment yesterday.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Pcso Morgan by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.