Double arson sees family home pelted with bottles of flammable liquid

Police at the scene of an arson attack at Wolsey Terrace on Banham Road, in Beccles.

Police at the scene of an arson attack at Wolsey Terrace on Banham Road, in Beccles. - Credit: Reece Hanson

A double arson attack has seen bottles filled with flammable liquid thrown at the door of a family home on two separate occasions.

The first attack on the home in Wolsey Terrace, on Banham Road in Beccles, happened at 11.50pm on Friday, March 18, when a bottle filled with an unknown flammable liquid was thrown at the door.

The front door mat was damaged, however, the fire did not take hold.

Wolsey Terrace in Beccles.

Wolsey Terrace in Beccles. - Credit: Reece Hanson

At 7pm on Monday night, a similar incident was reported to Suffolk Police at the same house.

No damage was caused in the second attack.

Following the incidents the family has moved out of the home, although police are still urging people living in the area to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

One nearby resident, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed their shock at the incidents.

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They said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard the news.

"You don't expect that sort of thing to happen in a nice town like Beccles, especially not twice in the space of just a few days."

A spokesperson for Suffolk Police said: "The occupants of the house have now left the property, but members of the public who see anything suspicious are asked to contact police immediately on 999.

"The first incident occurred at 11.50pm on Friday March 18 when a bottle filled with an unknown flammable liquid was thrown at the door of the house.

"The front door mat was damaged but fortunately the fire did not take hold.

"A similar incident occurred at 7pm on Monday, March 21, but no damage was caused."

Officers want to hear from anyone who witnessed either incident or who has any information that would help the inquiry.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area around the time of the attacks is urged to contact Lowestoft CID on the 101 non-emergency number, or email information to EastCID@suffolk.police.uk, quoting crime reference 37/16556/22.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111, or complete their online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.