Police are appealing for witnesses after a car became ablaze on a supermarket car park in the Moorlands. The incident, which involved a silver car which is believed to have been owned by an Asda staff member, happened on Monday (June 13) at around 1pm in the car park of Asda in Springfield Road in Leek.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a car became ablaze on a supermarket car park in the Moorlands.
The incident, which involved a silver car which is believed to have been owned by an Asda staff member, happened on Monday (June 13) at around 1pm in the car park of Asda in Springfield Road in Leek.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said on Monday (June 13): “We are appealing for witnesses and dash cam footage, following an incident in Leek today at around 1pm.
“We responded along with FARS to a vehicle on fire at Asda on Springfield Road.
“Anyone with information, please contact PC French at email@example.com.”
One shopper, who wished not to be named, praised the actions of Asda staff during the incident. They said: “I was in Asda at the time. I had only bobbed in for three minutes, and in that time it had happened.
“The staff at Asda handled it very well, putting out an announcement and ensuring the customers safety by making sure they stayed in the building.
“Luckily there were fire officers getting their lunch at Asda at the time, so they got the truck.
“Right place at the right time. Glad no one was injured.”
The Leek & Moorlands Echo contacted both Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Asda for comments about the incident. At the time of going to print, we had not yet received a reply from either organisation.
UPDATE: Staffordshire Police has issued a further statement about the incident after confirmaing that it had been a deliberate fire.
A spokesman for the force said: “It is believed that two people, both wearing masks and dressed in dark clothing, deliberately ignited the car before leaving the scene in a white vehicle.
“Police are reviewing CCTV footage at the scene and would like to speak to anyone who may have any information.
“Contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101, quoting incident 315 of June 13. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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