£500 reward in hunt for towerblock arsonist

Posted On 02 Jan 2019 at 3:46 pm


A £500 reward has been put up for an arsonist who shoved burning material through the front door of a 17-storey towerblock, endangering the lives of scores of people.

Police today released CCTV pictures of a masked suspect, and urged anyone who recognised them from the clothing to get in touch.

The attack took place at Wiltshire House in Lavender Street, Kemp Town, at about 2am on Saturday, December 8.

A resident had been disturbed by sounds at his front door and discovered that something had been put through the letterbox, setting fire to the inside of the door.

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Detective Constable Tom Coll said: “This was an unbelievably dangerous act that could easily have tragic consequences for the occupants of the block of flats.

“We have images of a person who we would like to talk to in connection with the incident, but unfortunately their face is not visible. I hope that someone will recognise their clothing and help us to find them.

“Due to the severity of the crime we are offering a reward of up to £500 in exchange for information that leads to a conviction.”

If you have any information please report online or call 101 quoting serial 144 of 08/12. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  1. Jean Smith Reply

    Yet again Sussex Police wait weeks before seeking help from the public. Guess they aren’t really bothered about solving crime or warning the public abut criminals on the loose.

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