Amateur device took images of arson van
POLICE are investigating why an automated camera was left taking pictures at the site of a burger van which was attacked by arsonists.
Officers said the camera was found attached to railings at the rear of the family-run HJ's Burger Van sited in North Hill, by the Cuba bar.
The camera, estimated to be worth just under £200 and usually employed as a wildlife camera, was found to be looking at the rear of the van and in the direction of the Skiving Scholar public house.
Detectives say the camera has around 400 images, mainly of the owner and staff of the burger van which was set alight by arsonists at around 5.30am on October 31.
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The outlet was hit by arsonists who removed a ventilation grill, stuffed tissue paper inside and set it alight.
Investigators say a scrambler-type motorcycle carrying two men were seen leaving the scene just moments after the fire took hold.
The burger van, which has been in operation for 12 years, had closed only nine minutes before the attack.
Police have also been studying a navy and duck egg blue Fitness First rucksack which was found discarded at the scene.
A police spokesman said: "We are unable to say whether the camera is in any way linked to the arson attack, but we are very keen to identify the men shown in the still.
"The image of the men was among the first taken in the area of Bretonside bus station, before the camera was then moved to North Hill
"We have no information as to why the camera was put in place at either location, nor the intention of the owner of the camera.
"However, since its removal we have had no reports from anyone saying their camera is missing or stolen.
"We would very much like to hear from anyone who knows the men shown or has information about the camera."
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 quoting log number 81 of October 31.