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Two people arrested repeat arson attacks at a house in Littlehampton

Detectives investigating repeat arson attacks at a house in Littlehampton have arrested and charged two people.

The incidents occurred at the multi-occupancy property in New Road on 26 June and 12 July. Thankfully, no one was injured.

It is believed that on both occasions, flammable liquid was poured over the front door and ignited, causing damage.

Following enquiries, police arrested Timothy Ennis, 43, of Ingelow Road, Wandsworth, London, and Kate Beniston, 40, of Brighton Road, Sutton, Surrey.

They were jointly charged with two counts of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

They were remanded in custody and appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 15 July, where they were further remanded ahead of a plea and direction hearing at Lewes Crown Court scheduled for 12 August.

Detective Sergeant Colin O’Hare, of Coastal CID, said: “These are two very serious offences of arson. Had the occupants not acted as quickly as they did to extinguish the flames, these fires could have taken hold and put them and their neighbours at extreme risk of serious harm.

“We have collated key evidence to support these charges, however we continue to appeal for anyone with information – including dash cam or CCTV footage – to come forward.”

Specifically, police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed anything between 3pm and 4pm on 26 June, or between 11pm and midnight on 12 July.

You can report it online or call 101, quoting crime reference 47220127511.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

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