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A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire at a communications mast in Bathampton last year.
The 30-year-old was arrested today and is now in custody and being interviewed by detectives.
The fire happened on January 3, 2013, and caused several hundred thousand pounds worth of damage, as well as affecting television, radio and mobile phone signals to thousands of homes and businesses.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bevan, from Avon and Somerset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The scale of the damage and the disruption to our communities means this is clearly an offence we are taking extremely seriously.
“Over the past 18 months we’ve been conducting a detailed investigation which has at times been painstaking work as we methodically worked through the evidence. However, today we’ve arrested a suspect and this is a big step forward for the investigation.
“I hope that the arrest demonstrates our resolve to investigate arsons and ensure offenders are held to account for their disruptive, dangerous and potentially deadly actions.”
The progress comes in a week when police also arrested a man in connection with an arson in Bristol.
On Wednesday a man, aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of arson following car fires in Glebe Road, St. George last month. After being questioned about the fires he was released on bail while police continue their enquiries.