Appeal following Acton Bridge arson Date published: 13th April 2017 7.10am

Officers are appealing for information follow an arson attack in Acton Bridge.

Sometime between 2.20am and 3.05am on Saturday 8 April an unknown offender accessed the rear yard of an address on Warrington Road, Acton Bridge.

Once inside the garden the suspect used an accelerant to set fire to a 27ft fibreglass boat that was moored on a jetty on the banks of the River Weaver.

Investigating Officer DC Duncan Antrobus said “This incident has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, not only to the boat which has been totally destroyed, but also to the jetty on which the boat was moored.

“We are currently following numerous enquiries in relation to the incident, including speaking to local residents and forensic enquiries. Information we have received so far suggests that the offender may have travelled to the scene in a small dark vehicle.

“We also believe that the offender may have suffered burns to their hands or face as a result of the incident, due to the speed at which the fire ignited.

“The victims in this case are a couple in their 70’s and understandably they have been left extremely shocked by what has happened. I urge anyone with any information in relation to the incident to contact the team here at Northwich on 101.”

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 140 of 8 April 2017. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.