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A NEWBURY mother has spoken of her horror after the family home was set alight in an arson attack while her two young children were inside. Thames Valley Police are describing the terrifying incident as “arson with intent to endanger life” and say it “could have easily ended in tragedy”. At about 10pm on Monday, accelerant was poured and set alight at the front door of the property in Hutton Close. Fortunately, the children’s father, Martin Walker, managed to extinguish the fire before it spread and no-one was hurt. Lynn Titchener said: “We were sat watching TV on the sofa when all of a sudden my partner Martin saw a massive glow out of the window. Martin ran out and managed to put out the flames. “I’m sad, angry and upset that some- one could try to hurt me and my family. I don’t have any enemies and I have no idea why anyone would want to do something like this. “It’s frightening to think what could have happened. “My youngest, Blake, is only 18 months old and he was asleep in his room, which is right next to the front door. “My little girl, Scarlett, was sat with us on the sofa and started crying when we started panicking.” The family went to stay at a relative’s house following the ordeal, but are now back home. Miss Titchener said: “We won’t be beaten by them. Why should we be forced out of our home when we’ve done


Lynn Titchener, son Blake, partner Martin Walker and daughter Scarlett after the petrol attack

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“Alternatively, perhaps you have noticed someone you know has sustained burns, potentially to their hands. If you have then please report this to police. “Residents will see an increased police presence in the area as we conduct house-to-house enquiries, carry out forensic work and obtain CCTV. “If you have any concerns, please speak to a police officer.” Anyone with information should call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting reference 43170140790. Alternatively, call Crimestop- pers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

nothing wrong?” Investigating Detective Constable Phil Stephens of Force CID based at Newbury, said: “This is an extremely serious offence aggravated by the fact that the family who live at the property have two young children who were at home at the time. “Thankfully the father managed to extinguish the fire and no-one was hurt, but this offence could have easily ended in tragedy. “I am appealing to anyone who saw anything or anyone acting unusually in the vicinity of Hutton Close to come forward. officer,

dominant feature of the Newbury skyline. Developer Amirantes will build 167 flats in place of the 250ft tower. To read more about the history of the tower see page 8.

THIS was all that remained on Tues- day of the iconic Sterling Cables tower as the site is cleared to make way for housing. Over the last two weeks demolition crews have worked to dismantle the once



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