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Men threw ‘lit bottle of petrol’ into East Durham house with baby inside

A couple from (number 6) Burns Street in Wheatley Hill, Bobby and Sue Adair, were the victims of an arson attack in the early hours of May 29, 2014 while Bobby's son Robert, his partner Samantha Weaver and their three-month old daughter Abigail were staying with them on a family visit. From left are Bobby's son Robert Adair, Robert's partner Samantha Weaver, Bobby Adair, Robert and Samantha's daughter Abigail (aged three months) and Bobby's wife Sue.

A couple from (number 6) Burns Street in Wheatley Hill, Bobby and Sue Adair, were the victims of an arson attack in the early hours of May 29, 2014 while Bobby's son Robert, his partner Samantha Weaver and their three-month old daughter Abigail were staying with them on a family visit. From left are Bobby's son Robert Adair, Robert's partner Samantha Weaver, Bobby Adair, Robert and Samantha's daughter Abigail (aged three months) and Bobby's wife Sue.

POLICE investigating an arson which saw a family-of-five having to flee their house have released further details of the early-morning attack.

Durham Police have revealed two men are believed to have been responsible for the incident which happened in Burns Street, in Wheatley Hill, in the early hours of Thursday, May 29.

Police have re-issued an appeal for witnesses.

A force spokesman said: “Policing are appealing for information in relation to an arson at Burns Street in Wheatley Hill which occurred at 1.30am on May 29.

“At around that time two males are believed to have attended the address and smashed a reinforced front window of the house with a brick.

“They then put a lit bottle of petrol through the window, which set fire to the blinds.

“The two men then ran off in the direction of Cemetery Road.”
As reported previously, there were five people in the house at the time, including a three-month-old baby.

Luckily all escaped uninjured.

Bobby Adair and his family had been woken after their front window was broken and set on fire.

The alarm had been raised by Bobby’s son Robert, 27, who was visiting with his fiancee Samantha Weaver and baby daughter Abigail. Also present was Bobby’s wife Sue, 50.

Bobby, 45, and Robert put out the fire by ripping off the blinds and the flames quickly burned themselves out.

Anyone with information should contact CID at Peterlee via the 101 non-emergency number or they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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