Lit newspaper put in Southampton letterbox

Robina Green Image copyright Google
Image caption The suspect is thought to have made off from Lordswood Road towards Robina Green

An arsonist attempted to force a lit newspaper through the letterbox of an elderly woman, police have said.

Hampshire Constabulary believes it is linked to a spate of arson attacks on Saturday morning in Southampton.

A spokesman said the paper was "set alight and efforts were made to try and post this through the letterbox [but] fortunately the fire didn't take".

A fence, a for sale board, a bin, a canopy attached to a vehicle and a car wheel were also set alight.

The suspect, who may not have been alone, is thought to have taken a specific route from Lordswood Road towards Robina Green in the Lordshill and Lordswood areas of the city.

Det Con Jonny Hyland said: "We are particularly keen to speak to a person who is believed to have assisted two house occupants by knocking on their doors and telling them that their property was burning.

"We believe this person is a crucial eye witness, and we are very keen to speak to them."

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