Witnesses sought to arson attack on Shrewsbury home

Police today issued a witness appeal following an arson attack on a Shrewsbury home which caused smoke and fire damage.

The incident happened at around 11am on Friday at a house in Whitehouse Gardens, Ditherington.

Plastic panels beneath a window at the back of the premises were set alight. The fire spread up the wall to a window, causing the glass to crack, before spreading to curtains and a bedroom.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service quickly dealt with the fire but the bedroom and hallways were severely smoke-damaged.

Police launched an investigation and have appealed for people who spotted anything suspicious in the locality at the time to contact Detective Constable Oliver Ewels at Shrewsbury CID on 0300 333 3000, or the anonymous Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.

A 16-year-old youth has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and witness intimidation. He is currently remanded in custody to appear before Shrewsbury magistrates on Friday 9th September.

7th September, 2011