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Appeal following attempted arson incident in Leamington Spa

Warwickshire Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted arson incident that occurred in Leamington Spa yesterday (Friday, 14 July).

Police were called to a residential property on Lime Avenue, Leamington, at around 4.05pm to a report of a strong smell of fuel and a scorched cloth in a letterbox.

Fortunately police, with the support of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, were able to remove the cloth before it ignited.

Detective Sergeant Alistair Knight said "This was a deliberate act and although thankfully no-one was injured and no significant damage was caused, it could have had very serious consequences. Enquiries are ongoing and we are requesting the public's assistance to determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, we are appealing for information on anyone acting suspiciously around the Lillington Centre and Lime Avenue area."

A 38-year-old man from Leamington, arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, has been released on police bail.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 297 of 14 July 2017.

Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Issued: 5.10pm Saturday 15 July 2017, Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

Published 15/07/17