ARSONISTS who set fire to a wheelie bin against the front door of a house are today being hunted by police.
The incident happened at 4.04am today at an address in Flagg Court, South Shields.
Early investigations indicate a wheelie bin was set alight before being pushed against the property’s front door.
The occupants were inside at the time, but weren’t injured.
Fire damage was caused to the door and smoke damage to the inside of the premises.
Investigations into the incident are underway, and police are keen to speak to any witnesses.
Detective Inspector Paul Woods, from Northumbria Police’s Major Crime Team, said: “Our investigations into this arson are underway and we’re asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
“Thankfully no one was injured as a result.
“We know incidents of this nature can cause concern in the community.
“We have officers patrolling to offer reassurance and I’d ask people to speak to them with any concerns they have or any information on the arson.”
People can also contact police on 101, extension 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.