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Four arrested after arson attack on car parked at house in Desborough Road in Eastleigh
6:55am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A major investigation has been launched after an arson attacked in Hampshire last night.
A device containing accelerant and a wick was discovered underneath a parked car on fire outside an address in Eastleigh.
A man walking past the house in Desborough Road spotted the car on fire and called at the address to alert the occupants.
The vehicle owner moved his car into the street and attempted to extinguish the fire injuring to his hand as a result.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue were called the incident at 7.55pm last night and they then alerted police.
The man who alerted the householder left the scene without leaving his details.
He is not suspected of starting the fire.
Police are appealing for this man to come forward as he is an important witness.
He is described as:
● 6 ft 1 in – 6 ft 2 ins tall
● Aged 45 – 50
● Shaven head
● Medium build
● He was wearing jeans, and a brown, white and yellow tracksuit top.
This man or anyone else with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Force Control Room at Netley by phoning 101.
Four people, all male, were arrested on suspicion of arson two hours after the incident.
Neighbours spoke of their shock at hearing of a the arson attack on the man's Honda Civic.
Neighbour Tony Smith said: "It could have become very serious.
"The best decision he made was to move his car - It could have spread to the house.
"By the time I noticed it the fire brigade were in the middle of the road.
"My next door neighbour said there had been something underneath the car."
Another neighbour said: "We do have youths causing trouble but I never thought that this would happen round here. It's quiet unnerving."
The Mini-com number, which is used by deaf and hard of hearing callers, has changed to Minicom Text Relay 18001 101.
Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
A forensic examination of the scene is being carried out by specialist arson investigation officers and staff.
A Hampshire Police spokesman said there is no information to suggest a wider threat to the community.
Police are treating this arson as a targeted attack based on the investigation to date.
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