A student could hold the key to solving the attempted arson of a caravan on a traveller’s site, police said today.
Detectives at Preston CID launched an investigation after two women were allegedly seen pouring white spirits over a caravan at the Leighton Street Caravan Park in Preston city centre.
It happened at around 9.50pm on Saturday.
The would-be victim made a call to police after being warned by another resident on the site who had spotted suspicious activity at his caravan.
A 51-year-old man from Leyland has been arrested on suspicion of attempted arson and police have questioned a 35-year-old woman from Leyland and have arrested a 38-year-old woman.
It is understood the driver of a getaway car - thought to be a silver Peugeot estate with a silver roof rack and tow bar - may have spoken to a student on the corner of Maudland Bank around the time of the incident.
Police are now appealing for the man to come forward. He is described as 6ft 7in, with a bald head and of large build and walked with a limp.
Police believe the car was used to drive two women away from the scene after they were disturbed in the act of pouring an accelerant onto a caravan.
Officers think the incident may be related to an ongoing feud between rival groups of travellers in the city.
Today Det Sgt John Crichton said: “We are treating this incident very seriously.
“We are aware of a disagreement between a group of people and at this stage we are trying to make sure things do not get out of hand.
“There may have been other students around at the time.”
The Leighton Street site has 12 pitches for 24 caravans and was opened in 1967.
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