Tent is set on fire with man inside in Willsbridge

Willsbridge Mill

Police are appealing for witnesses after a tent pitched at 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 get out before the fire took hold.

The incident, which is being treated as arson with intent to endanger life, happened at around 6.30pm on Saturday (4th February).

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

“If you were in the nature reserve on Saturday evening and saw anything suspicious please get in touch.

“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.”

If you witnessed the incident, or saw anything suspicious, 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 via their anonymous online form.