Petrol bomb thrown in Eastleigh

A petrol bomb was hurled at  a property  in Newtown over the weekend but failed to ignite.

Police Officers were called to the property in Archers Rd at 11.52pm  Sunday after a report that a bottle containing a flammable liquid had been thrown at a communal door at a small block of flats. The object was not ignited. It smashed the glass in the front door but caused no further damage.

A 36-year-old man, who had been inside one of the flats at the time, was alerted by a loud bang and a strong smell of petrol and notified police.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Two weeks ago up to 12 vehicles in the Newtown and Boyatt Wood area had their windscreens smashed by a gang of marauding yobs.

DS Jamie Wiseman, from Eastleigh CID said:

“This is a very serious incident which could have led to a fire being started and could have resulted in serious injury or even death. Investigating officers believe this is likely to have been a targeted attack and are urging anyone who has any information about who might be responsible or who saw anything suspicious in the area that night to contact police.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact DS Jamie Wiseman at Eastleigh police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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