Urgent appeal for information after string of ‘targeted’ arson attacks on four Bolton streets

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that two men have been arrested.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 17th April 2023

Police have issued an urgent appeal for information after a string of arson attacks were carried out on four streets in Bolton over the weekend.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that, between 12am and 1am yesterday morning (Sunday 16 April), officers and several other emergency service response teams were called to reports of multiple arson attacks on properties across the Great Lever and Farnworth areas of Bolton.

The fires were said to have been “extinguished quickly” by local residents and emergency services, and no injuries have been reported.

Two men, aged 31 and 28, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, according to GMP, and a Section 60 stop and search was also enforced in the local area and remains in place until midnight tonight.

Police say they are currently treating the fires as “targeted arson attacks”.


The attacks resulted in criminal damage of multiple properties and one vehicle – with enquiries remaining ongoing and scenes still in place, GMP confirms.

“The arson attacks across the Farnworth and Great Lever areas are shocking displays of violence and aggression and have put innocent members of the public at risk,” commented Detective Chief Inspector Peter Morley of GMP Bolton’s district.


“Thankfully nobody was injured, and the incident is believed to be a targeted attack – but these were reckless attacks and will not be tolerated in our communities.

“Two males have already been arrested on suspicion of these attacks and we are continuing our extensive enquiries to locate any other possible suspects involved in these incidents.

“We remain committed to locating, arresting, and bringing justice to these offenders and the victims of these attacks.”

Urgent appeal for information after string of ‘targeted’ arson attacks on four Bolton streets / Credit: GMP

GMP is asking that anyone with any information that could help with enquiries to “get in touch as soon as possible”, no matter how small it may seem as this “could be the missing piece we need to locate these offenders and bringing them to justice”.

Anyone with any information or footage of this incident should contact GMP on 0161 856 5757 or 101 quoting log 3979 of 15/04/2023.

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Alternatively, report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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