Arson attack at pensioner’s home

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ARSONISTS have targeted a shed at the home of elderly woman living in Holbeach St Marks.

There are fears the attack could be the latest in a string of anti-social behaviour related incidents to plague the village.

Emergency services were called out to the 89-year-old woman’s bungalow in Browne-Wilkinson Walk just after 6pm last Monday.

The wire fence in her garden had also been cut.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has confirmed they believed the fire was started deliberately.

Holbeach parish councillor Peter Savory was one of the first people on the scene.

“I totally condemn them,” he said. “It’s totally irresponsible, especially as its at an elderly woman’s home.

“I can not understand why they do it. There is no reason behind it. I know this person and their relatives and I can not see why that place was targeted.”

Coun Savory, who had served with the police more than 20 years, said the elderly woman had taken the arson attack “in her stride”.

Firefighters from Holbeach and Long Sutton helped to put out the fire using one hose reel.

Both crews had returned to their stations by 8pm.

Police say they are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone who saw a group of teenagers, aged 13 to 14, about 5ft 5ins tall and wearing hooodies, to come forward.

In September, Holbeach St Marks Primary School headteacher Karen Wiles spoke out after someone broke into the school house, smashed windows, tore off the radiators and flooded it.

It also emerged the staff had endured eight weeks of misery, which included 15 car tyres being slashed.

The school had also been left to foot the bill for 21 broken windows and a new £2,500 CCTV system.

Coun Savory added: “From my point of view and from my experience, there could be a connection with it all.”

Anyone with information about the shed fire should contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300, quoting incident 323 of December 13.