Tent set alight while occupant slept

A TENT pitched on Willsbridge Mill Nature Reserve was set on fire as a man slept inside.

Thankfully, the man was woken by the smell of smoke and was able to exit the tent before the fire took hold.

The incident, which is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life, happened at around 6.30pm on Saturday4 February.

Investigating officer PC Joel Williams said: “The victim is extremely lucky to have escaped this incident without injury as tents are highly flammable.

“This is a serious offence and while we’re investigating who’s responsible, we’ve also provided advice and support to the victim to help him keep himself safe.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw anything suspicious, is asked to phone 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5223028078.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.