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27 November 2018, 14:18 | Updated: 27 November 2018, 14:21
The detective leading the investigation into a fire in Jaywick which left a girl with severe burns says the answers to what happened lie in the community.
We are renewing our appeal for information about the incident where a caravan which was set alight in Humber Avenue shortly before 2am on Thursday, September 20th.
A 14 year-old girl was asleep inside and was treated for serious burns.
A 15 year-old boy from Clacton was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life but has since been released from his bail without charge due to insufficient evidence.
Detective Inspector Gary Biddle, from Clacton CID, said: “This was a horrendous incident which has left a young girl with serious injuries. It could have been much worse and she could easily have died.
“The answers to who carried out this attack lie within the local community. I believe there is someone living in Jaywick knows the identity of the arsonist but, for whatever reason, are not telling us.
“Could you live with yourself knowing a young girl has been scarred for life and you know who did it but you’ve not come forward?
“If you don’t want to talk to us you can call Crimestoppers 100 percent anonymously and tell them what you know.
“Our investigation will not stop until we are able to bring the person responsible for this fire to justice.”
If you have any information about the incident please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/136596/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.