Would-be arsonist smashes window of Luton home and pours accelerant with lighted paper

A victim was left "shaken" after an arson attempt on their Luton home this week.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:09 pm

Emergency services were called to Dewsbury Road, Luton, at around 2.15am on Tuesday, May 11, to a report of a smashed window.

Officers learned the offender had poured accelerant into the victim's home along with a lighted piece of paper, then fled in the direction of Catherall Road.

The offender was wearing dark clothing.

The incident took place in Dewsbury Road, Luton, near the junction of Catherall Road

DS Richard Marshall said: “This incident could have had tragic consequences, and has understandably left the victim really shaken up.

“We are following up lines of enquiry and I am now keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around the time who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Beds Police on 101 or report online, quoting reference number 40/23405/21.

Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.