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Arson attack on house while people were inside

PUBLISHED: 11:36 11 August 2020 | UPDATED: 15:55 11 August 2020

Stevenson Road in Bowthorpe, where two arson attacks have taken place in the last two weeks. Picture: Daniel Moxon

Stevenson Road in Bowthorpe, where two arson attacks have taken place in the last two weeks. Picture: Daniel Moxon

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An attempted arson attack “could have had terrible consequences” for the people who were inside a house in Norwich.

Sue Sands, Norwich City Councillor for Bowthorpe ward, asked anyone with any information to come forward. Picture: Mike Sands.Sue Sands, Norwich City Councillor for Bowthorpe ward, asked anyone with any information to come forward. Picture: Mike Sands.

Police were called to Stevenson Road in the city between 2.58am and 3.04am on Sunday, August 9, after someone saw what happened.

A person on a push bike was reportedly spotted approaching the front garden of a home before setting fire to an object and throwing it close to the building.

Det Con Carlos D’Silva said: “Fortunately, the fire extinguished itself, but this could have had terrible consequences for the occupants of the house.”

It comes just two weeks after a separate arson attack in the same road which led to two men being arrested after petrol was poured over the front of a house and set alight.

A person on a push bike attempted to set fire to a house in Stevenson Road, Norwich, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture: ArchantA person on a push bike attempted to set fire to a house in Stevenson Road, Norwich, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Picture: Archant

A police spokesperson confirmed that they are “not currently linking these incidents”.

One resident of the street, a young mother named Sophie, said she was concerned that two such incidents had taken place in such a short space of time.

She said: “I didn’t know about the second one, but I remember the other one – all the blue flashing lights from police cars and fire engines.

“It’s really worrying. I’ve got two young kids and the thought of something happening to them is scary. I don’t want things like this to keep happening.”

Sue Sands, Norwich City Councillor for Bowthorpe ward, said she was “appalled and really upset” that two “such terrible crimes” had taken place, and called for anyone with information to come forward.

She said: “I can’t imagine how it must have felt for the people it happened to, and I send them my best wishes and hopes that they are okay.

“If residents want to get in contact with us with any of their concerns we would be happy to help in any way we can.”

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has information to come forward to help their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con D’Silva at Norwich CID on 101 at ext 6638 quoting crime reference 36/54415/20.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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