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Police investigate Amey arson attack

Police are investigating an alleged arson attack on Amey’s road maintenance depot in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police are looking into an incident that occurred at the contractor’s Olive Grove Road depot in the city on Monday (10 December).

A statement from the force said that, at 6pm, a 46-year-old man had tried to throw a flammable object at people inside the building.

The police said that those involved in the incident were all thought to have known each other.

The thrower is believed to have suffered superficial injuries as a result and no one else was injured.

He left the area before the police arrived and attempts to locate the man are ongoing.

South Yorkshire detective constable Newman Holt, who is investigating, said: “[The thrower] is thought to have suffered injuries as a result of the incident and it’s really important that we find him, to ensure his welfare, and speak to him about what happened.

“I’d urge anyone with information to please get in touch with us. You can call 101 quoting incident number 646 of 10 December 2018 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Amey’s Streets Ahead [the firm’s roads and maintenance scheme in Sheffield] account director Darren Butt said: “Police and the fire service were called to the Olive Grove depot on 10 December following an incident where an intruder caused a small fire in a staff restroom.

“Thanks to the quick actions of a couple of operatives, the fire was extinguished and fortunately none of our employees was injured. The perpetrator fled and police are investigating.

“In the meantime, everyone has been reminded to be extra vigilant in and around the depot and to report any suspicious activity immediately.”

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