Detectives appeal for information after Sunderland arson attack

16 Apr 2018 13:00 PM

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Police investigating an early-morning arson in Sunderland are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to a fire at a premises on Torquay Road at 4.17am on Sunday, April 8.

A Volkswagen Scirocco parked on the property’s driveway is thought to have been deliberately set on fire, with the blaze spreading to inside the garage – where a Mercedes was parked – and then to the house itself.

Three occupants inside the dwelling, who were asleep at the time of the incident, are uninjured after being awoken by alarmed neighbours and were safely removed before the fire service arrived.

A 46-year-old male was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation.

Enquiries into the fire are ongoing. Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious is asked to call 101 quoting log number 206 08/04/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.