Reward of £3,000 offered for crucial information on arson in Castle Bytham

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A £3,000 reward has today been offered up for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist who set alight a Castle Bytham couple’s home.

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is putting up the reward in an attempt to find the culprit who targeted the home of Peter and Sylvia Cox in the early hours of May 4.

They managed to escape unharmed, but their beloved dog, Toby, died in the blaze.

The attack followed several previous attempted arsons at the pensioners’ cottage in recent months.

Crimestoppers’ deputy chief executive Dave Cording said: “These arson attacks are very serious. The latest incident is very concerning as it seems the couple were very lucky to have escaped the fire relatively unharmed.

“This is a horrible crime to occur to anyone and especially to an elderly couple.

“A reward of up to £3,000 is being offered to anyone who can supply us with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for these crimes.

“I hope the offenders will be swiftly brought to justice.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

The reward can only be claimed by calling Crimestoppers. Rewards cannot be claimed if giving information via the online form.