Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was targeted by an arson attack in Milton Keynes earlier this week.

The incident happened at a property on Temple in the Stantonbury area of MK at around 3.20pm on Monday (12/10).

The victim was a 29-year-old woman, who was at home with two of her children when an unknown man appeared at the door of a property. When the victim asked what the man was doing he left the front door stating he was at the wrong address.

Shortly afterwards there was a loud bang and orange smoke at the front of the property. The victim evacuated the house into the garden whilst neighbours assisted in attempting to put out the fire before the fire service arrived on scene.

The offender is described as a white man, around 5ft 5ins tall, average build, short light brown messy hair and was wearing a face mask. He was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the leg and a white jumper.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Jason Simpson based at Milton Keynes police station, said, “This was a frightening experience for the victim and their family who were fortunately uninjured.

“I would like to speak to anyone who may have details about this incident. I am particularly keen to speak to a member of the public who was with his children at the time and assisted with putting out the fire. It is believed he was wearing a green/black jacket.

“If you think you have any information that could help our investigation, please get in touch. You can call the non-emergency number 101 or make a report online using the reference 43200321617. If you would prefer to remain 100% anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”