24th Jul, 2017

Police appeal for witnesses following Leamington arson attack

Ian Hughes 15th Jul, 2017 Updated: 18th Jul, 2017

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an attempted arson in Leamington.

Officers were called to a home on Lime Avenue in Leamington around 4pm on Friday July 14 following a report of a strong smell of fuel and a scorched cloth in a letterbox.

The officers, with the support of firefighters, were able to remove the cloth before it burst into flames.

Det Sgt Alistair Knight said “This was a deliberate act and although thankfully no-one was injured and no significant damage was caused, it could have had very serious consequences.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we are requesting the public’s assistance to determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, we are appealing for information on anyone acting suspiciously around the Lillington Centre and Lime Avenue area.”

A 38 year-old man from Leamington, arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, has been released on police bail.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously online www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling on 0800 555 111.