Arson attack on Welwyn Garden City home leaves dad fearing for his family’s safety

PUBLISHED: 14:43 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 23 May 2013

Alex Leonard at his home

Alex Leonard at his home


A FATHER fears for the safety of his family following an arson attack on his home.

Alex Leonard, of Lincoln Close, WGC, has been anxious since he was woken in the early hours by a firefighter telling him a tyre had been set alight outside his flat.

The 24-year-old is now refusing to move his six-month-old baby and his fiancée back into the property.

He said: “If it was just me I could look after myself, but there is no way I am letting my family back there.

“If something happened to them I would not be able to live with myself.”

Since the attack, in the early hours of Friday, May 10, Mr Leonard has had trouble sleeping and has become full of anxiety.

His fiancée Kate Pajk and his daughter Mia have been in Poland for the past week, and he has been staying at his mum’s most nights.

But the house is not big enough for all them.

Mr Leonard, who works at Asda in Hatfield, said: “I really do not know what to do with myself. I have been really stressed out just thinking why would somebody do this?

“She [Kate] does not want to live here. She even said there is no way we are going to endanger our daughter.

“When there is a little child involved you cannot risk it.”

Mr Leonard has previously reported to the police about fireworks being launched at his home, but is very confused as to why it has happened.

“I cannot think of one reason why somebody would do this,” he said.

“I have not done anything wrong, not that I know of anyway.

“I am 99.9 per cent sure this is nothing to do with me.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust could not clarify whether it is planning to move the family before the WHT went to press.

Police confirmed officers are treating the incident as arson, and called on anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 and quote the crime reference number B1/13/1134.

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