Top-floor flat 'deliberately' set on fire in attempted murder bid 

Emergency services rushed to Russell Drive in Ayr around 4.30am on Saturday morning.

Attempted murder probe launched after ‘deliberate’ fire started at flat on Russell Drive, Ayrshire © Google Maps 2024

Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a flat was set on fire in Ayr.

Emergency services were called to Russell Drive after receiving reports of a fire at a top floor flat at around 4.30am on Saturday.

Officers believe the fire was started deliberately in a targeted attack.

The fire was successfully extinguished, and no one was injured as a result of the incident.

An investigation has been launched into the incident and officers are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Martin Prendergast said: “Thankfully no-one was injured, however, the fire was started deliberately and could have had serious consequences.

“I am appealing to local residents for any information they may have regarding this incident. Any small piece of information could prove to be the vital link we need as we continue to piece tougher the circumstances of what happened.

“I would also ask anyone in the area at the time to check their dash cam, or private space CCTV footage as it could have captured images relevant to our ongoing inquiries.

He added: “This incident will have generated concern in the local community and I would like to reassure everyone that additional officers will be on patrol in this area. Anyone with concerns can approach these officers.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident 0677 of Saturday, September 10, 2022. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can give your information anonymously.

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