Detectives investigating a distressing arson attack on a residence in Leeds, where a mother and baby were present, have unveiled images of two men they wish to identify. The incident transpired at approximately 9:40 am on July 13, 2023, at a property situated on Scott Hall Road. The perpetrators, two males, approached the house, with one of them pouring petrol through the letterbox and subsequently setting it ablaze.

As part of the ongoing inquiry into this grave offence, detectives have made public the images of the two males, appealing to the public for any information that might aid in their identification and connection to the arson attack.

Detective Constable Lindsey Crawford, of Leeds District CID, said: “This incident could have had tragic consequences. Fortunately, another family member returned home shortly after the fire was started but even in that short time, the baby’s room was affected, with a clear baby-shaped outline found in soot in the cot afterwards.

“We need to identify these pictured males as part of our ongoing enquiries. I would urge anyone with information about their identities, or indeed the males themselves, to come forward to assist our investigation.

“We believed the vehicle used by the suspects travelled to West Yorkshire from the Thames Valley area via Birmingham. It was later recovered in the West Midlands. If anyone from these areas has any information that could assist us in our enquiries, I would also urge them to get in touch.”

Members of the public with relevant information about the offence or the suspects are encouraged to contact Leeds District CID through Live Chat online or by calling 101, quoting log 13230389546. For those calling outside of West Yorkshire, an alternative to their home police force can be selected when dialling 101.