Arsonists strike for second time

Bowman Street, Agbrigg, Wakefield. Fire: Car and house.'w8606d218
Bowman Street, Agbrigg, Wakefield. Fire: Car and house.'w8606d218
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A GANG fire-bombed a house and a car in the second arson attack on a community in weeks.

Detectives are hunting the gang who set fire to a house on Bowman Street in Agbrigg in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The arsonists also torched a car - which police think they mistakenly thought belonged to the occupants of the house.

Detectives are trying to establish if there is a link between this latest attack and one in nearby Station Street last month.

Just after midnight on Wednesday people on Bowman Street were woken by a loud explosion.

Alex Baltu, 57, said: “We heard that a car pulled up and five guys got out, they threw something and the windows smashed and then boom, it was on fire.”

The people who live in the house were out the time of the fire bomb attack.

The torched car was an Audi A6. Owner Aivaras Baskas, 25, said: “I awoke in the middle of the night, looked out the window and saw my car on fire - I have only had it three months.

“I kept throwing rubbish bins full of water over it but it wouldn’t go out.”

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

On April 11 a family on Station Street were forced to flee their home after a piece of lit paper was posted through the letterbox.

It happened at 11.07pm as four children slept upstairs.

Officers from Wakefield CID are investigating both cases and the possibility they could be linked.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously.