Sussex

Crawley arson: Appeal over 'malicious' attack on home

A renewed appeal has been issued for information about a "malicious" arson attack which forced two adults and a five-month-old baby to flee their home.

A large piece of cloth was pushed through the letterbox and set alight with petrol at about 01:30 BST on 23 September, police said.

A black jerry can was left at the scene, on Titmus Drive in Crawley.

The three escaped through a rear door and were unharmed. Police said the consequences could have been tragic.

Det Con Dan Richardson, of Sussex Police, said: "This was a deliberate and malicious attack, but it is not clear why this particular property was targeted.

"It was very fortunate that there was another escape route from the flat."

He appealed for anyone with information to come forward, in particular three men who got out of a small black car at Tilgate Parade shortly before the alarm was raised.

"They may well have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area and could be important witnesses," he said.

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