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Godalming houseboat 'deliberately set alight'

Godalming houseboat 'deliberately set alight'

Published by Eagle Radio News Team at 2:20pm 3rd November 2018. (Updated at 3:58pm 3rd November 2018)

Police say a houseboat which went up in flames in Godalming last night (November 2) was 'deliberately set alight'. 

Officers from both the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Police were called to Godalming Wharf, opposite Sainsbury's, just before 6pm to a houseboat on fire. 

Detectives say early indications suggest a flammable liquid was poured on the boat before the blaze.

It is  believed to have been a deliberate arson attack which has left the boat substantially damaged.

Nobody was on board at the time.

Anyone who was in the area of the wharf between 5:30pm and 6pm is asked to contact Surrey Police, in case they saw or heard anything that may assist investigations.

Officers are also asking anyone who was shopping at the local Sainsbury's to check dashcam footage for anything suspicious.

Detective Constable Richard Pegden says "Setting fire to a boat is a very dangerous, very stupid thing to do and it is only down to luck that the boat was unoccupied at the time, and that it didn't spread to other nearby boats."

"I am determined to find out who is responsible - there would have been a lot of people in the area, so I am sure someone would have seen something that can help us find out who did this."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 or surrey.police.uk/ReportIt quoting reference 45180117331

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