Police investigating alleged '˜petrol bomb' attack at Northampton house

Police are investigating an alleged arson attack at a property in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:52 pm
An alleged arson attack took place in Barnfield Close, Northampton

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said officers were called out to an address in Barnfield Close shortly after midnight on Wednesday, September 28 after a vehicle was allegedly deliberately set on fire.

Nobody was injured in the incident but a van was severely damaged by the fire.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said: “We were notified by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service of a vehicle fire at a property in Barnfield Close, Northampton, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, 28 September, which was believed to have been started deliberately.

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“Police attended at approximately 3.30am to take an initial report of the incident and a scenes of crime officer attended the following morning. An investigation is currently underway.”

A national newspaper reported that Michael and Naomi Parkes, the couple who lived in the property, said the fire had been started by ‘petrol bombs’ made up of wine bottles and fuel-soaked rags.

Mrs Parkes said the couple, who escaped the fire after being alerted by neighbours, were at a loss to explain the attack.