Three arrested after double petrol bomb attack on Hartlepool flat

Two women and a man have been questioned over a double petrol bombing of a Hartlepool flat 11 hours apart.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:14 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:21 pm

Cleveland Police crime scene investigators and Cleveland Fire Brigade remain on the scene in Lewis Grove today, Monday, March 1, after an accelerant was thrown at the building in two separate disturbances.

Police were first called to the ground floor flat at 6.30am yesterday, Sunday, February 28.

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Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade are working together in the investigation into the arson attacks in Lewis Grove.

They were then called back to the block of apartments at 5.30pm after a similar attack was launched at the Rift House building.

The North East Ambulance Service also attended the second incident, with one of its rapid response paramedics and a double-crewed ambulance treating a patient at the scene, but they declined further treatment at hospital.

Two women and a man have been arrested as part of inquiries and remained in custody during today as they were questioned.

The have since been released on bail as inquiries continue, with detectives urging anyone with information to get in touch.

The fire-damaged flat has since been boarded up.

Today, two windows of the side of the building which fronts onto Masefield Road have been boarded up, with fire damage visible above the larger of the two windows and shards of glass left littering the ground.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “Although the property suffered some fire and smoke damage, there were no reports of any injuries to anyone in the building.

“Two women, aged 19 and 38, and a man aged 42 have been arrested in connection with this alleged incident.

The fire investigators have revisited the scene as inquiries continue.

"Inquiries are on-going and we would appeal for anyone with information/CCTV or dash cam footage to contact Cleveland Police.”

Cleveland Fire Brigade confirmed the incident was under investigation with the police.

It was sent to the scene at 5.29pm yesterday and sent two appliances from Hartlepool Community Fire Station and another from Billingham.

Cleveland Police has appealed for anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from the area to get in touch with detectives.

They remained at the flat until shortly before 6.40pm before returning today to work alongside police investigators.

Anyone with information which can help police can call 101 and are asked to quote the reference number 032025.

Details can also be passed on anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111.

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