A group of young teenagers have been arrested in connection to the theft of tractors and quad bikes near Malmesbury.

Some of the teens have also been arrested on suspicion of arson in the grounds of Malmesbury Abbey.

Three bins were set alight, damaging an exterior wall of the building, on June 3.

A 16-year-old boy was previously arrested on suspicion of arson following the fires and has been released on bail.

The police have now arrested two boys aged 13 and 15, and a 15-year-old girl. Another 15-year-old girl has also been interviewed in relation to the incident.

The 15-year old boy arrested on suspicion of arson has also been arrested on suspicion of various counts of taking vehicles without consent, alongside two 13-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl.

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This relates to a number of incidents involving the theft of quad bikes and tractors in the Garsdon area at the beginning of last week.

Inspector James Brain said: “I know this incident caused a lot of concern within the local community and I hope this latest develop sends a message of reassurance to the residents of Malmesbury that we continue to conduct enquiries and take action to target those responsible.”

All have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information in relation to the arson or thefts of farming vehicles should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220057246.