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Police appeal for witnesses following 'deliberate' house fire in Preston

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a "deliberate" fire at at a terraced house in Preston.

The fire on Wellington Road is said to have started at around 3pm on Saturday July 8th.

Police say that no-one was at home when the fire started, although the property has been significantly damaged.

“This incident could have been a lot worse and it is lucky that nobody was hurt and the fire did not spread to any neighbouring properties. However it did cause a large amount of damage to the house in question.

“The fires were started in broad daylight and we believe somebody may have been in the area at the time who saw or heard something that didn’t seem quite right. If you have any information, we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible.”

– DC Jat Bunger, of Preston CID

Police have asked anyone with information to call them on (01772) 209746 or 101, quoting log number 979 of July 8th.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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"The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking.

"Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair."

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Police want to trace this man after woman 'grabbed' in park

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Police want to speak to this man after a woman was grabbed whilst out running in Preston.

The 22-year-old was jogging along Blackpool Road parallel to Moor Park on Saturday at around 3.25pm when a man on a bicycle has stopped in front of her.

The woman has gone to run around him when he has grabbed at her. She has managed to get free and ran off away from the cyclist.

DC Caroline Turley from Preston CID said:

The victim was understandably shaken by this incident and thankfully managed to run off.

We need to find this man and so if you think you may know who he is, please get in touch with us.

– DC Caroline Turley
  • Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident reference 1036 of May 13th.
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