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Police appeal for witnesses following arson in Aylesbury

| January 7, 2018

An incident of arson took place at a house in Aylesbury on Sunday 7th January 2018.

At about 4.30am in Grenville Road, Aylesbury fireworks were let off towards the first floor of a two storey semi-detached house from a car in the street. The fireworks caused the roof of the house to catch fire.

A 44 year old woman and a 54 year old man, who were in the house at the time, were woken by the noise and were able to safely leave the property before the fire service arrived and made the house safe. Neither of the victims were injured.

The vehicle involved in the incident is believed to be a black Audi A3.

The roof of the house was severely damaged by the fire while there was smoke damage to the first floor of the property.

Two fire appliances with crews attended from Aylesbury fire station, one from Winslow fire station, one from High Wycombe fire station and two from Thame fire station. The Incident Command Unit from Aylesbury and two officers also attended.

During the operation to extinguish the fire a main jet, two hose reels, four sets of breathing apparatus and ladders were used.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Laura Haugh, based at Aylesbury police station, said: ‘We are investigating this incident, which we believe to be isolated, and have made an arrest in connection with it.

I would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard this incident taking place, or who has any information which think could be relevant to our investigation.

Anyone with any details should call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.

Police have arrested a 23 year old man from Aylesbury on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information relating to this case to please call 101 quoting reference ‘43180006019’ or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

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