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Six fires in past month

Suspected arsonist only linked to one Ystad fire

Published måndag 30 juli 2012 kl 13.50
The man was arrested after trying to set fire to a local café in Ystad. Photo: Johan Nilsson/Scanpix

The 62-year-old man who was arrested in Ystad Sunday on suspicion of arson cannot be linked to the other six fires that have occurred in the city this past month.

Local police had been following the suspect for several days when he tried to set a café on fire. He was then placed under arrest.

"He moved around buildings and other places, which strengthened our suspicions," says the police's Mikael Björk, who heads the investigation. "He walked around in the middle of the night and looked at a famous old house in Ystad."

Fires struck golf and tennis clubs in Ystad earlier in July and the police suspect there may be a connection between those two fires.

But the man being held can only be linked to the crime scene he was arrested at, the police said Monday.

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