Arson probe launched after second fire in a week at Hartlepool cottage

The derelict cottage on Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool.
The derelict cottage on Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool.

Fire chiefs have launched an investigation into two arson attacks on a cottage in just over a week.

Cleveland Fire Brigade firefighters were called to the property, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, at 6.25am yesterday,.

On Sunday, May 31 at 10pm, the same property was targeted by firestarters and crews were called to extinguish the blaze.

Following yesterday’s attack on the building, a spokeswoman for the brigade urged any witnesses to help with the inquiry into the incidents which has been lanched along with the police.

She said: “The fires are being classed as deliberate fires. They are both under investigation along with the police.

“As part of our ongoing arson campaign we are working closely with the police to find the culprits of these incidents.

“Inquiries are ongoing at this time.”

In the latest attack on the unoccupied property, firefighters raced to the scene, which is close to Manor College of Technology, where the flames had been burning for about half an hour prior to their arrival yesterday morning.

The blaze left the cottage “substantially damaged”

It has now been boarded up.

Police and firefighters are now monitoring the property.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious around the times of the incidents should telephone police on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on (0800) 555111.

l Police are also looking into two other incidents inHartlepool.

Officers says they need help from members of the public after three sheds were burgled at Briarfields Allotments, near to the horses’ fields off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool.

The incident happened between Tuesday, June 2, at 4pm, and Wednesday, June 3, at 8am.

Garden equipment was stolen from the sheds.

The second is an appeal for information after a headstone in Brierton Cemetery, off Brierton Lane and Tanfield Road, in Hartlepool, was damaged.

The incident occurred between Saturday, May 23and Friday, June 5.

The damage consists of dents and chips to the sides and front of the black marble headstone.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or anyone in the area who may have been seen to be acting suspiciously is asked to contact Pc Neil Dixon on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Witnesses to the allotment thefts should ring Pc Andrew Morland on 101.