Mother and son bailed over arson attack

A MOTHER and son have been released on bail after being questioned over an arson attack which left another mum and her ten-year-old boy trapped inside their blazing Ipswich home.

Colin Adwent

A MOTHER and son have been released on bail after being questioned over an arson attack which left another mum and her ten-year-old boy trapped inside their blazing Ipswich home.

This morning police arrested a 17-year-old Ipswich youth at his home on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He was taken to the town's police station.

Within minutes of the teenager's arrest his 35-year-old mother was also taken into custody from their home.

She was also arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and was interviewed by police at Ipswich. Last night, they were both released on bail until April 30.

The fire at the Bramford Lane property is believed been set deliberately around 1.30am yesterday.

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The fire trapped the ten-year-old boy and his 50-year-old mother who live at the property in first floor of their house.

The young boy, Nathan, urged neighbours to put a makeshift crash pad in the front garden so he could leap from the bedroom window where he and his mother, Janet, were trapped.

However firefighters were soon on the scene and managed to haul the frightened pair safely down a ladder. They were then taken to Ipswich Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The house is now uninhabitable - and will be for the foreseeable future - with most of the family's furniture and belongings covered in soot.

Janet's sister, Eileen Leeks, 48, said: “Both of them are really shaken up. My sister is trying to put it out of her mind at the moment. It has made her very nervous.

“She has lost quite a bit. There is black soot everywhere and it has ruined the sofa and her clothes. She has got to go round there at some point and see what she can save.

“Her son is not sure what is going on. He has still not come to terms with the fact that this could happen to him.”

Scenes of crime officers trawled the house for clues to the source of the fire, which is believed to have started when the front door was set alight.

Police want anyone who may have information about the incident to contact them Dc Helen Clench at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.