Appeal for witness after Desborough Rd arson attack

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Eastleigh CID and specialist arson investigation officers investigating an arson attack in Desborough Road yesterday evening (October 8) are appealing for a male witness to the incident to come forward.

The man was walking past a home in Desborough Road when he spotted a car on fire. He then alerted the occupants of the house.  The vehicle owner moved his car into the street and attempted to extinguish the fire causing an injury to his hand as a result. A device containing fuel and a wick was discovered underneath the car.

The Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance all attended the scene and Desborough Road was temporarily closed.

The man who alerted the householder then left the scene without leaving his details.

Police stress he is not suspected of starting the fire and are appealing for him to come forward as he is an important witness.

He is described as:

● White

● 6 ft 1 in – 6 ft 2 ins tall

● Aged 45 – 50

● Shaven head

● Medium build

● He was wearing jeans, and a brown, white and yellow tracksuit top.

This man or anyone else with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Force Control Room at Netley by phoning 101. The Mini-com number, which is used by deaf and hard of hearing callers, has changed to Minicom Text Relay 18001 101. Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

Police say there is no threat to the community and they are treating the arson as a targeted attack.

Four people, all male, were arrested on suspicion of arson shortly after 10pm

They are two 16-year-olds, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, all from the Eastleigh area.

All four are being questioned in police custody.