Police hunt arsonists who targeted elderly woman's flat and left trail of destruction across Lordshill and Lordswood in Southampton

Daily Echo: Police are hunting arsonists who tried to post a burning newspaper through the letterbox of an elderly woman's flat Police are hunting arsonists who tried to post a burning newspaper through the letterbox of an elderly woman's flat

POLICE are hunting arsonists who set a newspaper alight and tried to shove it through an elderly woman’s letterbox.

The frightening incident was part of a night-time fire-starting spree in the Lordshill and Lordswood areas of Southampton.

Firebugs left a trail of destruction from Lordshill Road to Robina Green setting ablaze a fence, an estate agent’s for sale board, a rubbish bin, a car and a canopy attached to another vehicle.

They also tried to post a burning newspaper through the letterbox of an elderly woman’s flat.

Nobody was injured in the attacks.

Police are urging witnesses to come forward to help them with their investigation.

Detective Constable Jonny Hyland said: “We are particularly keen to speak to a person who is believed to have assisted two house occupants by knocking on their doors and telling them that their property was burning.

"We believe this person is a crucial eyewitness, and we are very keen to speak to them.

“Equally if you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, please contact me.”

Anyone with any information should call Shirley CID on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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12:59pm Sun 4 May 14

mrs pepperpot says...

What the hell is wrong with people? Jeez!
What the hell is wrong with people? Jeez! mrs pepperpot
  • Score: 15

1:44pm Sun 4 May 14

Huey says...

Ahhhh what a place
Ahhhh what a place Huey
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Sun 4 May 14

Barbender says...

Where Is Lordshill Road ?
Where Is Lordshill Road ? Barbender
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Sun 4 May 14

pagey77 says...

They are very lucky the car did not go up ... a whole day of disruption for a short bit of fun for the arsonist! We count ourselves lucky we didn't get anything through the letterbox! Fire alarms installed by front door now... so much for a nice quiet area ... we thought we were safe in Robinia Green!
They are very lucky the car did not go up ... a whole day of disruption for a short bit of fun for the arsonist! We count ourselves lucky we didn't get anything through the letterbox! Fire alarms installed by front door now... so much for a nice quiet area ... we thought we were safe in Robinia Green! pagey77
  • Score: 6

7:05pm Sun 4 May 14

mickey01 says...

pagey77 wrote:
They are very lucky the car did not go up ... a whole day of disruption for a short bit of fun for the arsonist! We count ourselves lucky we didn't get anything through the letterbox! Fire alarms installed by front door now... so much for a nice quiet area ... we thought we were safe in Robinia Green!
not safe anywhere these days
[quote][p][bold]pagey77[/bold] wrote: They are very lucky the car did not go up ... a whole day of disruption for a short bit of fun for the arsonist! We count ourselves lucky we didn't get anything through the letterbox! Fire alarms installed by front door now... so much for a nice quiet area ... we thought we were safe in Robinia Green![/p][/quote]not safe anywhere these days mickey01
  • Score: 4

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