Witnesses to Portsmouth car blaze are wanted by police

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WITNESSES are being urged to come forward with information about a suspected arson attack on a car in Portsmouth.

The attack on the grey Peugeot 205 car and trailer, took place on Saturday at around 11.45am in Horsea Lane, Hilsea.

Nearby houses and fences were also damaged in the blaze. Two boys on bicycles and a girl on foot were seen nearby just before the fire started. All three were described as being between 16 and 18 years old.

Investigating officer PC Thomas Wrenn said: ‘The 71-year-old owner of the vehicle was going about his daily business and parked his vehicle at the end of Horsea Lane whilst he launched his boat from the slipway nearby.

‘The vehicle has been set alight deliberately for no reason leaving the owner without a mode of transport which he depends on.’

Anyone with information should contact PC Wrenn at Fratton police station by phoning 101.

Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.