'Considerable concern' after two suspected arson attacks in as many weeks at Nottinghamshire home

Welcome sign with painting of village above text reading Stanton on the Wolds in Nottinghamshire, planted in grass with trees around
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Police are appealing for witnesses after the second suspected arson attack in as many weeks at a property in a village. Officers were called to a four-bedroom house on Melton Road in Stanton-on-the-Wolds in the early hours of Sunday, July 7.

A week before, police were also called to the property after a fire was started at some point between Saturday, June 29 and Monday, July 1. No-one was inside the property during either event, with the owners reported to be currently living elsewhere after the home was previously damaged by flooding.

The fire on Sunday, July 7 caused severe damage to three upstairs bedrooms and the roof of the house. Firefighters attended and extinguished the blaze, with a structural engineer called to make the property safe.

A joint police and fire investigation is now continuing to take place. Early indications suggest the fire was started deliberately.

Detective Sergeant Katie Hurrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I am aware that this incident has caused considerable concern in the local community and I would like to reassure residents we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to establish the full circumstances, including reviewing CCTV footage. Residents in the area may see an increased police presence over the coming days providing reassurance and advice following this latest incident.

“To help us with our investigation we’re appealing for anyone who saw what happened to please come forward. We would particularly like to hear from any drivers who may have dashcam footage recorded in the area leading up to 12.45am on Sunday. If you remember seeing anyone outside the property at this time we ask you to review that footage and get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“Similarly, if anyone passing by at around this time noticed anything at all out of place then we want to hear from them. Even the smallest bit of information could make all the difference to this investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 41 of 7 July 2024, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.