Arson-hit refugee re-settled in new home

Council leader Barrie Grunewald
Council leader Barrie Grunewald
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A Syrian refugee family who were victims of a arson attack at their home in Haydock have been successfully re-homed.

Police were called to the property on Park Avenue on Sunday morning (November 12).

Two adults and three children were rescued from the blaze and escaped with smoke inhalation.

Council officers and charity workers for Refugee Action have since been working with the family to re-home them.

And it was yesterday announced they had been settled in a new home in the borough.

Coun Barrie Grunewald, leader of St Helens Council, said the Haydock community had pulled together after news of the attack had spread.

He added: “We were all sickened to hear of this disgusting attack on a Syrian family who came here seeking protection after fleeing conflict in their home country.

“The wellbeing of this young family was of the utmost importance and I’m pleased to hear that such swift action was taken to ensure their safety, and that they have now been resettled.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved in re-homing the family for showing so much care and compassion –

and of course to the local community and neighbours who came out in force to help by collecting donations.

“If anyone has any information in relation to the attack, I would urge them to contact Merseyside Police on 101, quoting the Crime Reference Number 0517289293, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”