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Arson attack prompts call for action over problem area

Fire crews were alerted when a neighbour spotted the blaze

Fire crews were alerted when a neighbour spotted the blaze

 

A joint police and council anti-social behaviour team has been mobilised to a problem area which saw an arson attack last Wednesday.

A joint police and council anti-social behaviour team has been mobilised to a problem area which saw an arson attack last Wednesday.

The back fence and garden shed of Nabeel Shabir Janjua’s Longcroft Road home was destroyed in the blaze, which started after a fire was set off in the field behind the Luton road.

The attack is the latest in a long line of anti-social behaviour residents have been forced to suffer, with a joint police and council team now drafted in to deal with the problem.

Mr Janjua, 36, told Luton News the attack on his property had been “distressing” for his wife, mother-in-law and two children.

He said: “Somebody walked through the field and deliberately set fire to it, which caught onto our fence.

“That burnt down, as did our shed, the back garden is charred to pieces.”

Fire crews were alerted after Mr Janjua’s next door neighbour spotted the blaze outside her back window, preventing further damage.

Mr Janjua said: “Clearly if she had been asleep it would have been far worse, I can’t imagine how far the fire would have gone.

“If the same thing had happened to an elderly neighbour how would they have got out of their home in time?

“A lot of people have said they could hear people fighting, which seems to be a rising problem.

“A number of beer cans were found alongside footprints leading up to the fence, somebody was clearly in a state,

“The area, especially the alleyway beside my home, is known to have alcoholics and crackheads there all the time.”

> For the full story read today’s Luton News

 

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