Bilton woman left shaken as flat is subjected to weekly arson and graffiti attacks

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Police are investigating a series of repeated attacks and criminal damage, including offensive grafitti and an attempted arson, to a Harrogate woman's property.

The resident, a woman in her 60s, has had her Bilton Grange Close flat targeted on a weekly basis since the beginning of August.

On Friday, September 30, the flat was subjected to an attempted arson when two bottles of suspected flammable liquid were placed outside her front door.

Other incidents have included windows being smashed at the flat as well as offensive graffit being left, leaving the resident "very shaken".

Police said that the attacks could be a case of mistaken identity but stressed that the recent arson attack could have had devastating effects.

Inspector Penny Taylor, of Harrogate Police, said: “These escalating incidents are a real concern.

"Had the liquid been lit and taken hold, it could have endangered the life of the victim and other families in the block of flats. Understandably, the victim is very shaken by the latest incident.

“Police, the local authority and the Fire and Rescue Service are working closely together, and taking this matter extremely seriously.”

Police said the victim has lived in the community for a number of years without any problems.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the incidents should contact police on 101, select option two and ask for DC Andrew Rawlings or the Harrogate Serious Crime Team.

Quote reference number 12160177751 when passing information.