Did you witness an arson attack in Stockport?

Police are appealing for information after a pregnant woman’s car was stolen in Chorlton, Manchester.

Detectives investigating a large fire at an industrial site in Stockport are appealing to the public for further information.

Emergency services responded to the incident at around 12.40am on Thursday

6 August 2020 after receiving reports that there was a fire at the Land Rover Garage on Bailey Road.

Following initial enquiries, investigators are treating the incident as arson.

No arrests have been made and a joint-investigation with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is underway.

The incident comes after an attempted arson was thwarted by staff near to the site on the evening of Monday 3 August 2020. It is believed this is linked to the latest attack.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed two young, slim men in dark clothing that were in the area at the time of the incident.

Detective Inspector Kris Williams, of GMP’s Stockport division, said: “This was an abhorrent and menacing attack which has destroyed over a dozen vehicles and caused great disruption to the owners of the site.

“Despite this, the overall damage to the building itself is thankfully superficial and it is fortunate that the attack didn’t cause a more significant impact, in that respect. However, this doesn’t detract from our endeavours to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack are held responsible and brought to justice.

“We believe that this attack is linked to a similar failed attempt at the same site on the night of Monday 3 August and I have good reason to suspect that the individuals from that incident have information in relation to this.

“I am appealing to the public for further information; were you near the area on Bailey Road or close to the nearby Tesco? Did you witness any suspicious behaviour? If so, I urge you to get in touch with any information as it may prove to be vital.”

Anyone with any information should call 0161 856 9790 quoting incident number 99 of 06/08/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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