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CCTV stills released following arson attack
Monday 25th July, 2011

CCTV stills released following arson attack
Golborne fire.

Detectives investigating an arson which led to a neighbour suffering an asthma attack have released stills taken from nearby CCTV.

The offenders smashed the kitchen window to break into the house, which was under renovation, on High Street shortly before 5.50am on Tuesday 31 May 2011.

They searched the house and stole tools, before they started a fire in the kitchen. The blaze caused extensive damage to the kitchen and also affected the rest of the house.

Smoke spread through the roof of the terraced house. It caused a next door neighbour, a 54-year-old woman who suffers from asthma, to have an attack. She went to hospital but was discharged a short time later.

Detectives have been carrying out an investigation with the fire service and have now released CCTV stills of two men.

Detective Constable Jon Quigley said: "The actions of the offenders were reckless and they had no regard for the safety of residents. The incident has also distressed the owner of the house, who was carrying out renovations on the property. Starting fires in empty houses is therefore not a victimless crime.

"We hope that the images released can help bring in more lines of inquiry for us. We believe that the two men pictured hold vital information that could help us.

"Anyone who recognises them should call us."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5307 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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