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Detectives appeal for information after Runcorn arson attack
DETECTIVES today appealed for information after an arson attack in Runcorn.
Wheelie bins were torched outside Riverside housing offices in Halton Brook Avenue.
A gas bottle found nearby could have put lives at risk.
DC Marc Roberts said: "We are currently trying to piece together as much information as we can regarding the incident and are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the Halton Brook Avenue area around the time of the incident and has seen anything significant or anyone acting suspiciously to come forward.
"Worryingly, an empty gas bottle was amongst the bins, which failed to ignite. This posed a serious risk to those attending to tackle the blaze.
"Fortunately no-one was injured as a result of the fire but it could have potentially been far worse had the fire not been put out so quickly."
Police believe offenders broke into a locked and secured rear yard at the premises and deliberately moved wheelie bins near a fire exit.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service′s arson reduction manager, Colin Heyes, said: "Arson costs not only the fire and rescue service but also the police and local authority a great deal of time, resource and money.
“ It is an extremely dangerous crime which can cause a real danger to life The incident happened betwen 12.30pm and 1.10am on Wednesday, September 25.
The offender is described as being around 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing dark clothing, including a dark coloured coat.
Anyone with any information, which could assist officers with their enquiries, is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 38 of 25 September.
Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
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