Leeds family is targeted twice by arsonists UPDATED

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A Leeds family was forced to flee their home after it was targeted by arsonists.

The family were rehoused, but their home was targeted a second time yesterday. (March 26)

A joint investigation has now been launched by the police and the fire brigade following the latest blaze at the house in Rycroft Gardens, Stanningley, Leeds.

Just a few doors away, two neighbours’ cars were vandalised less than an hour earlier.

People living in the area told the YEP they believed the incidents were linked, and said trouble had been escalating in the cul-de-sac.

One woman who lives next door to the fire-damaged house, but asked not to be named, said: “A single girl lives there with her kids.

“Somebody set fire to the house last month, pretty much the same as this time.

“It’s just been boarded up but the family are in a hostel.”

The woman said she and her sister were woken by “a couple of loud bangs” and went outside after seeing flames coming out of the kitchen window next door.

Yesterday, the blaze house was boarded up, and shattered glass scattered on the road and the pavement two doors away. The windscreens and windows of two cars had been smashed.

Julie Barker, the owner of one of the cars and a social housing tenant, alleged there had been ongoing problems in the area.

“Things like this are very frequent on this street. I have been to the police, I have been to the housing office and asked to be moved, and I have put CCTV in.

“We just want a quiet, nice life.”

Her partner Kristian Pearson said: “Of course the incidents are linked. It just needs sorting out.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers had been called to the blaze-hit house at 12.46am and “inquiries are ongoing to see if the fire was started deliberately.”

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