An arsonist responsible for numerous wheelie bin fires in Christchurch is on the loose, police say.
Detective Sergeant Michael Freeman said six wheelie bins were set alight in Burnside last night - four on Westburn Tce, one on Chevron Pl and one on Greers Rd.
A garage on Chevron Pl was also damaged by fire, he said.
Freeman said he believed the fires were arson and were linked to previous wheelie bin fires in the area.
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Police were asking for information about anyone acting suspiciously around Westburn Tce, Chevron Pl and Greers Rd between midnight and 1.30am this morning as well as CCTV or security footage from the same time.
Freeman urged the perpetrator to come forward and talk to police before anyone was hurt.
"Our message to the individual - and to anyone with information - is to call us on 03 363 7400, or to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111."
Anyone who has not yet reported an arson on or around their property was also asked to contact police.
Freeman said police advised residents to keep their bins off the road and to keep them out of sight, possibly behind the house.