TWO teenage boys arrested in connection to a spate of arson attacks across Southampton have been released without charge.

Police say there was “insufficient evidence” against the teenagers, who were arrested after three fires in Millbrook and Shirley last year - when the city was rocked by thirteen linked arson attacks in less than three months.

Southampton residents are now “shocked and petrified” in light of a new series of blazes in recent weeks.

This week six cars have been torched in a double attack leaving smouldering wrecks in the streets of Thornhill.

Last week a Southampton couple escaped a fire which almost set their house ablaze as they slept. In June a fire caused an estimated £55,000 worth of damage after a trailer belonging to the 19th Itchen North Scout Group was destroyed.

Concerning last years’ spate of incidents and this summer’s, a police spokesperson said: “We review similar incidents and crime patterns as part of any investigation and link crimes where appropriate.

“There are a number of enquiries we will be following up in relation to this investigation and part of that process is reviewing other arsons that have occurred in the area.”

“No further action was taken against either boy due to insufficient evidence to bring a charge. “

Hampshire police are now appealing to anyone who may have any information in relation to the latest incidents to get in contact by calling 101.