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Smethwick arson: 'Fortunate' escape for mother and son

St George's Drive, Smethwick Image copyright Google
Image caption The door of the house in St George's Drive, Smethwick was set on fire in the attack

A woman and her son were "extremely fortunate" to escape after an arson attack in Smethwick, police said.

West Midlands Police said the woman saw a pipe coming through the letterbox of her house in St. Georges Drive on Thursday at 14:00 BST.

The door of the property was set on fire in the attack but the fire service stopped the blaze spreading.

Det Adam Austin said: "Whoever did this showed complete disregard for the lives of the people at the house."

Police said the 37-year-old woman saw a man walking away from the house after the attack.

She described him as being black, around 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, of medium build and wearing a black bomber jacket over black trousers.

He either had a black bushy beard or had his face covered.

He also wore a yellow woolly hat with pink and orange stripes, police said.

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