Police and the fire service have appealed for help tracking down those responsible for a spate of arson attacks in Kingskerswell.

The highest profile incident was the firebombing of a beehive last month, which not only destroyed the traditional £450 wooden structure but decimated the colony.

The alarm was raised shortly after 9pm on June 1 when smoke was seen billowing from the grounds surrounding the ruins of the old manor.

The Rev John Leonard was in a meeting in the neighbouring parish church and rushed out to see what was happening.

A group of youths were seen making off and the emergency services called.

Bottles containing petrol were found at the scene.

Mr Leonard said at the time: 'They probably thought they were just having a bit of fun, it's sickening.'

Chris Utting, education officer for the Devon Beekeepers' Association, described the attack as 'an act of mindless vandalism'.

Despite efforts by CID to find the culprits they remain at large.

The authorities are also keen to find out who has been targeting the village's public toilets.

Now posters have gone up across Kingskerswell advertising the confidential Crimestoppers service which accepts anonymous tip-offs.

Callers are never asked for their names and calls are neither recorded nor traced. Witnesses who contact the service do not have to make a statement to the police or appear in court.

Paul Slaven, spokesman for the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'We have experienced several incidents of arson in the area including the attack on the beehive and small fires at the local public toilets.

'Members of the public can contact Crimestoppers anonymously to give information if they know anything about these criminal acts.

'While fire crews are dealing with deliberate fires they may be delayed getting to a more serious fire elsewhere.

'We are therefore working with the police to actively investigate these acts and help catch those responsible.'

Anyone with information relating to the attacks can call Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111.