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Flint man fears blaze could have destroyed home

Published date: 20 February 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A MAN says it was lucky his friend’s home did not “burn to the ground” following an alleged arson attack.

The fire happened moments after Marek Sikora, 25, returned to his maisonette on Duke Walk in Flint.

His friend, 36-year-old Darren Cook, used “15 buckets of water” to put out the blaze – which started after bins were set alight near the back door of the property.

Mr Cook said the fire was started shortly before 7pm on Sunday by a gang congregating in the area.

It is the latest incident of anti-social behaviour on the largely vacant Flint Maisonettes, currently in the process of being demolished block by block.

Last month one resident said he was told he would have his “throat cut” on his doorstep after confronting two men trying to break-into a derelict property near his home.

Mr Cook said: “It is just a playground at the moment.

“We drove past at first and we could see about 10 to 15 lads near Marek’s back door.

“As we got in the flat we could hear knocking.

“As I went towards it the back door it looked like it was ablaze.

“The bin was on fire right next to the door.

“I had to put it out myself because the bin was attached to a pole next to the back door.

“It is lucky we were there. If we weren’t the house could have easily burnt to the ground.”

Last month Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said 29 maisonette units were currently occupied, out of the original 214 units.

Bulldozers moved in late last month to pull down flats on Rosemary Walk, with other sections of ‘The Walks’ to follow.

Flintshire Council said there had been a reduction in the numbers of reports of
anti-social behaviour to the council and police.

North Wales Police Sgt John Williams has disputed claims  the problems there are getting worse.

On the latest incident, a North Wales Police spokesman said: “We received a report just before 7pm on February 16 of two bins on fire in the garden of a property on Duke Walk, Flint.

“Police inquiries are continuing into the incident. Nobody has been arrested.”

Anyone with information should contact PC 2588 Evans at Flint Police Station by
calling 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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