Elderly couple target of two suspected arson attacks at their Chorley home

An elderly couple have been the target of two suspected arson attacks at their home in Chorley, one of which caused "significant damage".

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 29th April 2020, 6:36 pm

Firefighters rushed to a blaze in a downstairs bedroom at a property on Fell View just after midday on Tuesday, April 28.

It is believed the fire may have been started deliberately using a lit newspaper, causing "significant damage" to the room.

This is the second report of a suspicious fire at the couples home, which they share with their son, with an incident of a similar nature reported on Friday, March 13 at 2.30am.

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Officers are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident.

DC Andrew Causey of Lancashire Police said: “The couple who live at this address are extremely vulnerable and it’s unclear why they would be deliberately targeted in this way.

"We would ask that anyone who saw anything or who has any information at all about these incidents to please get in touch.”

There were no injuries as a result of the fires and the occupants have since been moved to another address.

Firefighters rushed toa blazein a downstairs bedroom at a property on Fell View. (Credit: Google)

A joint investigation between Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue is currently underway.

Anyone with information should contact police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected], quoting log number 0579 of April 28.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 111 555 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/