Community leaders condemn arsonists who left trail of destruction across Lordshill and Lordswood

Salerno Road, the area of one of the fires started by arsonists in Southampton

Salerno Road, the area of one of the fires started by arsonists in Southampton

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COMMUNITY leaders have condemned arsonists who went on the rampage through a Southampton community, starting half a dozen fires.

In the most frightening incident they set a newspaper alight and tried to push it through an elderly woman’s letterbox.

Police have launched a hunt for the firebugs who targeted vehicles and homes in the Lordshill and Lordswood areas of Southampton, leaving a trail of destruction.

Daily Echo:

From Lordshill Road to Robina Green, they set ablaze a fence, an estate agent’s “for sale” board, a rubbish bin, a car and a canopy attached to an Auto Windscreens van.

Last night neighbours of the elderly woman whose home was targeted said they have been left shaken after the string of attacks.

Residents of Salerno Road in Lordshill said the street was filled with police on Saturday as detectives searched for clues that would lead them to the culprits. Police are now urging witnesses to come forward.

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.”

Cllr Don Thomas, who represents Coxford ward on Southampton City Council, described the rampage as “very worrying and disturbing”.

He said: “I call on anybody who’s got any information whatsoever not to mess about but call the police as soon as possible. This could well have put people’s lives in danger.

“This is a lovely place to live and these sorts of events are very unusual.”

Mike Holder, chairman of Lordshill Community Centre, said: “It’s a very peaceful, pretty area and somewhere to be proud of, so we can do without this sort of behaviour. There are so many elderly people in the area who will be worried.

“I just hope they get caught. It’s disgraceful behaviour for youngsters and it’s something they will pay for for the rest of their lives with a criminal record around their neck.”

Daily Echo:

Ken Minchington, who helps run Coxford Community Centre, said: “I think it’s disgusting that anyone can even think about going round setting fire to things, especially putting things through people’s houses.

“When we moved here it was a very quiet area and it still is so it’s not something you expect.

“I think it’s terrible that things like that should happen. It’s quite frightening, actually.”

Nobody was injured in the attacks, which took place overnight on Friday into Saturday.

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

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3:42pm Mon 5 May 14

acid drop says...

When the scrotes are caught,set light to them
When the scrotes are caught,set light to them acid drop
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Mon 5 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

Community leaders can condemn as much as they like, but criminals know they will get away with a slapped wrist.

Until we toughen up, there is nothing to stop these simpletons committing a crime.

We need more prisons, heavier penalties. All the Police can do is arrest them and put the same person before the Courts time and time again.

Time to say NO, put our foot down and lock more of these idiots up, get them off our streets and we wouldn't need to spend half as much on Policing the streets.

At the moment the Police are just arresting the same people over and over again.

Time to wise up.
Community leaders can condemn as much as they like, but criminals know they will get away with a slapped wrist. Until we toughen up, there is nothing to stop these simpletons committing a crime. We need more prisons, heavier penalties. All the Police can do is arrest them and put the same person before the Courts time and time again. Time to say NO, put our foot down and lock more of these idiots up, get them off our streets and we wouldn't need to spend half as much on Policing the streets. At the moment the Police are just arresting the same people over and over again. Time to wise up. IronLady2010
  • Score: 10

7:31pm Mon 5 May 14

sotonman2012 says...

Right I'm fed up of people saying Lordswood / Lordshill is a good quite area & Millbrook is such a "dive" etc.

I can't remember the exact year but Daniel Loader was stabbed & killed across the road from this place.

Also a few years ago Hollie Green was killed by her partner in these block of flats.

In 2004 Jamie Gosney & Lewis Grundy died, who always hang around in Lordswood & Lordshill.

That's four murders/deaths in this area in like 10 years yet people still class it as a nice area. Also the wooded area up there is rife with ILLEGAL motorbike riders yet it's still classed as "nice area"

Get your head out of your **** Lordshill & Lordswood people you get rough bits on every estate.

Just to confirm I wasn't speaking "Ill" of the people who tragically lost there lives just pointing out facts.
Right I'm fed up of people saying Lordswood / Lordshill is a good quite area & Millbrook is such a "dive" etc. I can't remember the exact year but Daniel Loader was stabbed & killed across the road from this place. Also a few years ago Hollie Green was killed by her partner in these block of flats. In 2004 Jamie Gosney & Lewis Grundy died, who always hang around in Lordswood & Lordshill. That's four murders/deaths in this area in like 10 years yet people still class it as a nice area. Also the wooded area up there is rife with ILLEGAL motorbike riders yet it's still classed as "nice area" Get your head out of your **** Lordshill & Lordswood people you get rough bits on every estate. Just to confirm I wasn't speaking "Ill" of the people who tragically lost there lives just pointing out facts. sotonman2012
  • Score: 0

7:31pm Mon 5 May 14

BritishDefender says...

Unfortunately, my grandmother was the woman mentioned in this article. This is a disgrace, and I don't see why endangering someone's life is morally okay to these people. Hoping the police manage to do something about it.
Unfortunately, my grandmother was the woman mentioned in this article. This is a disgrace, and I don't see why endangering someone's life is morally okay to these people. Hoping the police manage to do something about it. BritishDefender
  • Score: 4

9:04pm Mon 5 May 14

Inform Al says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Community leaders can condemn as much as they like, but criminals know they will get away with a slapped wrist.

Until we toughen up, there is nothing to stop these simpletons committing a crime.

We need more prisons, heavier penalties. All the Police can do is arrest them and put the same person before the Courts time and time again.

Time to say NO, put our foot down and lock more of these idiots up, get them off our streets and we wouldn't need to spend half as much on Policing the streets.

At the moment the Police are just arresting the same people over and over again.

Time to wise up.
Have to agree, I left the Met in 1970 for exactly this reason. I felt I was wasting my time trying to help the public, most of whom were just nice people. Didn't think it could happen, but it has got worse.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Community leaders can condemn as much as they like, but criminals know they will get away with a slapped wrist. Until we toughen up, there is nothing to stop these simpletons committing a crime. We need more prisons, heavier penalties. All the Police can do is arrest them and put the same person before the Courts time and time again. Time to say NO, put our foot down and lock more of these idiots up, get them off our streets and we wouldn't need to spend half as much on Policing the streets. At the moment the Police are just arresting the same people over and over again. Time to wise up.[/p][/quote]Have to agree, I left the Met in 1970 for exactly this reason. I felt I was wasting my time trying to help the public, most of whom were just nice people. Didn't think it could happen, but it has got worse. Inform Al
  • Score: 1

11:31am Tue 6 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Perhaps these 'community leaders' should try leading their community.

That families produce offspring who endanger their neighbours shows an utter failure in their community.
Perhaps these 'community leaders' should try leading their community. That families produce offspring who endanger their neighbours shows an utter failure in their community. From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

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