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Could arson attacks be linked to Prescot retail park murder of Jonathan Fitchett ?
9:37am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
POLICE are investigating whether two attempted arson attacks could be linked to murder of a 22-year-old man.
Jonathan Fitchett died after he was attacked on Cables Retail Park in Prescot in July.
Gerard Childs, 27, of King Edward Road, Rainhill and Stephen Price, 28, of Hayes Avenue have both been charged with his murder and are in custody awaiting trial.
Officers were called to two addresses on Hayes Avenue in Prescot last Wednesday (September 25) – the first at around 9.20pm, after the window of a house was smashed.
A short time later, at another address on the road, police responded to reports of another attempted arson, however there was no damage caused.
At this stage of the investigation police say that they are working to establish a motive, but believe they were targeted attacks.
Officers are working with fire investigators but believe flammable liquid was used at both properties but failed to ignite. CCTV is being examined and house to house enquiries are being carried out.
A provisional trial date has been set for Monday, December 2.
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