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Car set alight in arson attack at Birchwood


DETECTIVES investigating an arson attack in Warrington today appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The attack took place shortly after 10.30om on Saturday in Armstrong Close, Birchwood.
Three men were seen to reverse a black Audi convertible on to grass outside a house in Armstrong Close, get out of the vehicle and set it on fire before running away towards Glover Road.
Officers are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to trace the offenders – these include house-to-house enquiries, CCTV analysis and forensic examination.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, knows who is responsible or has any information, which could assist with the investigation, is urged to come forward. Police are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a vehicle driving in convoy with the black Audi in the area.
Detective Sergeant Alison Howarth, of Warrington CID, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that this is believed to be a targeted and isolated incident and an investigation is underway to find those responsible.
“At this stage we believe the offenders, who were wearing dark clothing and hooded tops, deliberately parked the car outside the address then set it alight with the intention to cause harm to people nearby.
“Fortunately, no-one was injured but this is a serious incident and I am urging anyone with any information to come forward.  You can do this by calling Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 171391 or pass on the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries
“If you do not want to talk to the police directly then information can be passed on via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“We have also received a number of reports of a red vehicle in the area at the time and I would like to speak to the owners of the car as they may be able to assist with our investigation.”


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