POLICE issued a CCTV appeal after a fire was started on a 10A bus in Prescot.

The Star reported after the arson took place on a Stagecoach bus at around 11.15am on Tuesday, January 28.

The driver of the bus, travelling from St Helens to Liverpool, came to a stop at the junction of Warrington Road and Smith Street after being informed that the upper deck was alight.

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Police have released images

All passengers got off the bus safe and well and MFRS attended to extinguish the fire.

It is believed the suspect got on the bus on Bridge Street, St Helens and got off on Warrington Road, before going in the direction of Martin Close.

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Pics: Merseyside Police

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “Starting a fire on a moving bus is an utterly irresponsible act and it is very fortunate that no one was harmed by the actions of the suspect.

“We hope that someone recognises the males in these images, as both may have information to assist. You may have been on the bus, or in the area at the time, or may recognise either person in the CCTV images.

“We are especially keen to speak to the second male (pictured) in the red jacket, as we believe he was sat on the top deck when the fire was started.”

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Damage caused by the fire

  • Anyone with information is asked to call 101, DM @MerPolCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 20000059685.