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Cameron Park in Edinburgh house set on fire after break-in

Cameron Park in Edinburgh
Image caption The house in Cameron Park was set alight after the robbery

Police have appealed for witnesses after a housebreaker apparently set fire to a house in Edinburgh.

The blaze at the property in Cameron Park happened at 22:45 on Saturday after the 62-year-old householder left her home.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene by members of the public.

Several items were stolen from the house before the fire was started, according to Lothian and Borders Police.

A man was seen in the area at the time. He is white, aged in his mid-to-late-20s and 5ft 8in tall. He was riding a mountain bike and wore dark clothes with a white baseball cap.

Det Sgt Heather Powell, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Fortunately no one was within the property when it was set alight and so there were no injuries as a result of this incident.

"Nevertheless, we are treating this extremely seriously and are eager to speak with anyone who was in the area at about 22:45 on Saturday night who remembers seeing anything suspicious.

"Similarly, anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible is asked to contact police immediately."

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