Arsonists gut home of suspected killer
By Eugene Henderson
13th September 1997
ARSONIST have struck at the home of a suspected killer as mob rule gripped a Sheffield council estate.
Police say the fire attack was the latest in a string of incidents at the Parson Cross home of the man charged with murdering Pat Grainger.
Firebugs struck at BLANK BLANKS home after breaking in to the council house by ripping off security boards put up after windows were smashed by gangs of stone throwing youths.
The arson came just days after BLANK aged 45 of Buchanan Crescent, appeared in court charged with killing the 25 year-old mother who lived only a street away.
Pat, who had the mental age of a child, had been sexually abused, strangled then stabbed. Her body was dumped in a brook running through a copse between Parson Cross and Ecclesfield on August 10.
BLANK BLANKS wife and children later became the target of threats at their home and police officers moved them to another house for their own safety.
Their home was boarded up, but that did not stop arsonist who started the blaze in a downstairs room.
It took two fire crews 30 minutes to put out the fire.
Det Supt Derek Deakin said: “There was an arson attack and clearly the motive was connected to blank blanks arrest and being charged with murder. “We have done what we can for his family, who through no fault of theirs have become caught up in all this.
“They were moved to another address and the council boarded up the windows to stop further attacks, but it has not been enough to prevent these people.”
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ARSONIST have struck at the home of a suspected killer as mob rule gripped a Sheffield council estate.Police say the…