Police believe double arson attack on Dukinfield street was targeted
Wednesday 27th December 2017 15:22 Dukinfield News Posted by Adam Higgins

Police believe a double arson attack on a Dukinfield street over Christmas was targeted.

A Seat Ibiza was set on fire on Clayton Street in the early hours of Christmas Day.

The fire service responded to reports just after 12:20am and brought the fire under control. Police spoke with the owner of the car to address any safeguarding concerns and carry out initial enquiries.

Then, on Boxing Day at around the same time, police were called to the same street after a house was on fire – shortly before 12:45am.

Emergency services found the property and two cars on the street outside ablaze. One of the cars was the same one which had been targeted the previous day and the other was a Seat Leon.

The fire service managed to get the fires under control but they had already caused extensive damage.

Nobody was inside the property at the time of the incident but detectives are treating them as targeted attacks and local residents may notice an increased police presence in the area.

Detective Sergeant Steve Hall, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “The offender’s full intention was to cause fear and intimidation using fire as a weapon.

“Thankfully nobody was in the property at the time of either incident so there have been no reported injuries as a result; however the fires have caused extensive damage to the house and totally destroyed the cars.”

DS Hall went on: “We believe these to be linked targeted attacks and we have a team of dedicated detectives working to find whoever is responsible and bring them into custody.

“We have also increased patrols in the area to provide visible reassurance to local residents and I would encourage anyone with concerns to please approach one of our officers and speak with them.

“Cases like this cannot be solved without the public’s help and I would urge anybody with any information at all to come forward and contact police.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9262 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.