Witness appeal after arson

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an arson at a house in Netherfield this morning.

At about 12.15am, the residents of a house in Beadlemead, Netherfield, called police reporting that a lit object had been passed through their letterbox. The fire was quickly extinguished by the residents, who had heard the letterbox slam shut and gone to investigate.

At the time, a 41-year-old man, a 39-year-old woman, and their three children, aged five, 15, and 17, were at home at the address, along with two men who were friends of the family and staying the night.

No-one was injured in the fire and no serious damage was caused.

Detective Constable, Joanne Pape, investigating the incident, said: “This could have been a very serious incident if the fire had taken hold and not been so quickly extinguished.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I am keen to find any motive as to why this family were targeted. I am keen to speak to anyone who has any information about the offence or saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time.”

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Pape via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.