Investigation launched after two houses torched by arsonists

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Police have launched an investigation after arsonists set fire to two houses in Salford which left two people hospitalised.

The incidents are being treated as arson and detectives believe they were targeted attacks after both incidents took place within minutes of each other.

Police were called on Saturday at approximately 1:25am to Long Street, Swinton after there had been reports of a fire at a home. The two individuals had minor injuries.

Shortly after, the police were called to St John Street where there were reports of a house door that had been torched.

Detective Inspector Joe Clarke, of GMP’s Salford borough, said: “I understand that these incidents will cause concern among people in the area, but we believe these were targeted attacks.

“We have a thorough investigation ongoing and officers are conducting extensive enquires in the area to establish the full circumstances surrounding these attacks as well as increasing patrols.

“Our enquiries are at an early stage and we cannot rule out that they are connected, however we are keeping an open mind at the moment.
“These both took place on residential streets in the early hours of the morning when people may have been coming home from nights out or were disturbed while they were asleep.

“If you saw or heard anything, I would urge you to contact us. It may seem insignificant but it could prove to be a vital piece of information.”

The police would like anyone with information to call 101, quoting incident number 193 of 10/06/17 or 203 of 10/06/17 – or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.