Arson Attack in Ashford - Police Appeal for Witnesses
By StaineSiobhan | Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:01
A man and his father from Metcalf Road in Ashford woke at 2am yesterday morning (Saturday 21st January) to discover arsonists had set fire to their front door.
Do you have information that could help police?
Police are investigating and asking for information from anyone who might have information.
They especially want to track down a vehicle which was seen in the area.
The arson attack occured when one of the occupants of the property in Metcalf Road, a man in his thirties, was awoken by noise outside and saw that the front door of the property had been set on fire.
The victim and the other occupant of the property, a man in his seventies, left the address by a rear door before reporting the fire.
Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service quickly attended the scene. The fire was swiftly put out but still caused extensive damage to the property.
Following the incident police cordoned off Metcalf Road close to the junction with Feltham Hill Road for several hours and the two properties on either side of the address where the arson attack took place were evacuated for a short period of time.
Surrey Police and fire investigators are carrying out a joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire and establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Police have carried out extensive house to house enquiries in the area and are in the process of reviewing local CCTV footage.
Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) have also carried a thorough forensic examination of the address.
Detective Constable Brett Harris, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was an extremely concerning attack on a residential property which could easily have had even more serious consequences.
"Fortunately neither of the men in the property at the time of the attack suffered any injuries but this was a very frightening experience which has understandably left both of them very shaken.
"The fire caused substantial damage to the property and appalling and cowardly offences of this nature will not be tolerated in Surrey.
"I would like to hear from members of the public who saw anyone acting suspiciously in or around Metcalf Road and Feltham Hill Road in the hours leading up to the incident.
"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone with any information about a dark-coloured estate vehicle which was seen in the Metcalf Road area around the time of the incident.
"I would like to stress that incidents such as this are extremely rare and assure Ashford residents that we are doing everything possible to bring the cowardly and mindless offenders responsible to justice."
Anyone who witnessed the fire or with any information on the vehicle should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference SL/12/476, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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