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Police step up patrols after arson attack at family home
Saturday 20th January 2018 @ 18:02 by Nigel Skinner
Hyde News Tameside

Police are hunting for two arsonists who torched a family home in Hattersley.

The attack happened in the early hours of Thursday morning when it is understood two offenders forced their way into the house on Callington Close and set the property alight.

Luckily no one was injured in the attack as the family were not home at the time.

Detective Inspector Julie Maxwell, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This was an atrocious attack that could easily have had devastating consequences had the family been home.

“Whilst no-one was injured, a family’s home has been destroyed and we are following several lines of enquiry to find the people responsible.

“Following this incident we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to local residents and I would encourage anybody with concerns to approach these officers and they will assist you in any way they can.

“I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has any information that could assist our investigation to please get in touch.”

Firefighters were called to the fire before 1.40am on Thursday and they called in the police.
Police say they believe two people set light to the property and it is understood they fled the scene in the direction of Torrington Drive.
A joint investigation between GMP and GMFRS continues.


  • The arson attack comes just days after shots were fired at a property in Torrington Drive, Hattersley, which is not far from Callington Close. In that incident, which happened at 1.15am on Sunday, January 14, shots were fired at a house causing damage to the door and inside the house. Fortunately no one was hurt. Anyone with information about that incident is asked to call Ashton CID on 0161 856 9262. Police have not said if they are linking the incidents.