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Family escape house fire believed to be arson

A family have escaped from a fire at their home which it's believed was started deliberately.

The blaze broke out at a property in Bassett Way in Kidlington at about 1.50am on Friday.

An offender/s is believed to have caused a fire to start at the front door of the property, which then spread.

The victims, a 50 year-old man, a 36-year-old woman and a five-year-old boy were able to escape the property via windows.

The man and the boy were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by paramedics.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. She has since been discharged.

“We believe that arson was the cause of this incident, which could have led to the death of three people, one of whom was a five-year-old child.

“Fortunately, they all managed to escape from the property, but the outcome could have been very different.

“We are conducting a full investigation into this incident, and I am therefore appealing for anyone who has any information which could relate to it to contact us by calling the non-emergency number 101.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Ruth Ivins of Bicester Force CID


CCTV images released following arson attack

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

CCTV has beeen released by police investigating an arson at a tyre shop in Reading.

The blaze started at Low Cost Tyres in Craddock Road at 4:20 on the 16th of December. Nobody was injured.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

“If anyone has any information or recognises the person in the CCTV image please get in contact via 101.

“If you don’t want to speak to police you can contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Sam Pricket of Criminal Investigation department based at Reading police station

Back to school - pupils return to fire-damaged primary

Children have started to return to a primary school in Sussex which was badly damaged in a suspected arson attack.

The blaze at Shinewater Primary in Eastbourne on Monday destroyed half the classrooms.

The school is installing temporary buildings, and sending some students to other primaries.

Parents have been paying tribute to the way staff are dealing with the crisis.

Boy of 14 arrested after suspicious fire at Sussex school

A fourteen-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after fire severely damaged a school in Sussex.

The blaze swept through Shinewater Primary in Eastbourne early this morning.

Sixty firefighters fought to prevent it spreading throughout the building. The school has been closed while investigators examine the scene.

Appeal after suspected arson

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following a suspected arson attack in Bere Regis.

Between 6pm and 8pm yesterday, a fire broke out in a barn off the A31.

The barn, which contained hay, was completely destroyed in the blaze.

No arrests have been made.

“Following early enquiries, we believe this fire was started deliberately.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles or individuals in the area of the A31 at the relevant time yesterday evening to please get in contact.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, of Weymouth CID


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Maidstone bookshop destroyed by fire

In the space of 24 hours, there have been three big fires in the south east. In the first, smoke and flames leapt in the air at the Medway City Estate - and at one stage could be seen across three counties.

Then, as firefighters were tackling that blaze at the recycling plant, a major fire started in Maidstone town centre. In Sussex, sixteen acres of Ashdown forest were destroyed as grassland went up in flames.

It's put the fire services under real pressure as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Steve Jeffery from Kent Fire & Rescue Service; Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley from Kent Police; and David Harrison from Maidstone Borough Council.

Man admits setting fire to council building

A man has admitted a series of arson attacks in Oxfordshire which saw council offices, a funeral parlour and a thatched cottage go up in flames, all in one day.

Andrew Main, a farmer from Roke Marsh, admitted four counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Cary Johnston was in court.

Man admits setting fire to council offices

The South Oxfordshire District Council offices were damaged Credit: ITV Meridian
Andrew Main (R) pleaded guilty to four counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. Credit: INS News Agency

A man who set fire to a number of buildings in Oxfordshire, including a council office HQ, a funeral parlour and two houses has admitted four charges against him.

Andrew Main pleaded guilty to four counts of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered but denied one count of arson with intent to endanger life after a psychiatric report concluded he was suffering from temporary psychosis at the time.

Judge Ian Pringle QC said: "I can see no harm in it being reported that your client was responsible for setting these fires."

The South Oxfordshire District Council building, Howard Chadwick Funeral Service, and a thatched cottage were all damaged when they were set alight in January.

Man due in court over series of fires

These council offices was one of three buildings destroyed by fire Credit: ITV Meridian

A man is due in court charged in connection with a series of fires in Oxfordshire.

One of the most severe was at council officers in Crowmarsh Gifford.

One of the charges Andrew Main, who forty seven and from Roke in Wallingford, faces is two counts of arson with intent to endanger life.

This thatched cottage was one of three buildings destroyed by fire Credit: ITV Meridian
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