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Petrol bombing is third arson attack at Droitwich office block
3:50pm Wednesday 27th June 2012 in Droitwich News
THUGS threw a petrol bomb through the window of a Droitwich office block in the third arson attack on the building in as many weeks.
Shocked employees of personal safety training charity Protective Behaviours UK, based at Charles Henry House, Worcester Road, arrived at work yesterday morning to find their office had been damaged overnight by smoke and flames.
Police are connecting this latest incident to two previous attacks on the office complex, which houses several businesses, and treating them all as arson.
Julie Nicholson, administrator at Protective Behaviours UK, said: “It’s absolutely horrendous. We’ve been here four years and nothing has ever happened like this before. This is the third attack on the building and police believe it’s the same people.
“We’re innocent victims in this. Our office is completely smoke damaged and there’s fire damage to the carpets and blinds.
“The building’s being targeted and it’s affecting all of the businesses here. It’s just frustrating and annoying.
“It’s different people being targeted each time. It’s not one single person, it’s different companies within the building.”
According to police, a flammable liquid - thought to be petrol - was set alight and thrown through the window, causing some damage before burning itself out.
Officers are connecting it to two previous incidents of arson at the premises earlier this month and appealing for witnesses.
The first attack happened between 1am and 7.30am on Friday, June 15, where a window was smashed and the blinds within set alight.
Then, between midnight and 7am on Saturday, June 16, a flammable liquid was poured through the letterbox of the main door of the office block and set alight.
On both of these previous occasions, the fire also burnt itself out and caused no further damage other than to the specific areas where they had been started.
A spokeswoman for West Mercia Police said the attacks appeared to be random at this stage.
Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area of Charles Henry House is asked to call police on 0300 333 3000 quoting 0048-N-260612.