Two men arrested over three arson attacks in Tameside

Two men have been arrested in connection with three arson attacks in Tameside. 

Shortly before 12:20am on 25 December 2017, the fire service responded to reports that a Seat Ibiza had been set on fire on Clayton Street.

The following day, police were called to the same street to reports that a house was on fire at around 12:45am.

Emergency services attended and found the property and two cars on the street outside ablaze.

One of the cars was the same Seat Ibiza which had been targeted the previous day, whilst the second was a Seat Leon.

Police responded to the third arson attack at around 1.40am on Thursday 18 January 2018 after being called by the fire service to a house fire on Callington Close.

Two offenders forced entry to the front of the house and set fire to the property before they fled.

Thankfully nobody was injured during any of these attacks which are believed the be linked and joint investigation has been ongoing between GMP and GMFRS.

On Tuesday 23 January 2017, police executed two warrants in the Hyde area and have arrested two men – aged 22 and 26 – on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. They remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Joe Harrop, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “We have followed several lines of enquiry since these shocking arson attacks and whilst we have arrested two people, our investigation does not stop here.

“The arrests come as a result of the tireless work of GMP officers who are determined to find those responsible.

“I would still urge anyone with any information or anyone who saw anything suspicious around the time of the attacks to please get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 117 of 18/01/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 


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