Man sought over Eastbourne fires

Thomas White. Picture suppleid by Sussex Police
Thomas White. Picture suppleid by Sussex Police

Police in Eastbourne are seeking a Hailsham man they wish to interview.

Thomas White, 23, is wanted on suspicion of an arson at an address in Acacia Road, Eastbourne, on September 19, when a wheelie bin was set on fire outside, and of arson with intent to endanger life at the same address on September 29 when the front door of a flat was set alight.

On the second occasion a man and a woman were rescued by the fire service and treated at the scene by paramedics for the effects of smoke inhalation.

White, who is described as white and of heavy build, with blue eyes and brown hair, is also wanted for breaching a court-issued restraining order and on suspicion of harassment, all of which relate to domestic abuse incidents which are currently under investigation.

He also has links to the Salford area of Greater Manchester and police are making enquiries there as well as in Eastbourne and Hailsham.

Detective Constable Natalie Brown of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigation Unit said, “The outcome of the second fire could have been far worse had not the fire service installed a smoke alarm system after the first incident.

“If you know where White is, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call Sussex 101 quoting serial 171 of 27/9. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”