Wythenshawe farmhouse destined to be care home nearly destroyed in arson attack

A future care home has been severely damaged in an arson attack at a farmhouse in Newall Green, Wythenshawe.

Between 4pm and 5.50pm on Saturday June 21, a gang of youths broke into private farmland on Newall Road and set fire to a derelict farmhouse – that had been set to be turned into a home to help adults with learning disabilities.

The roof of the building was destroyed in the inferno and the gang fled the scene.

Detective Constable Anna Meakin, of South Manchester Division, said: “This was a deliberate attack and police take arson attacks very seriously. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but we want to catch the people that did this as soon as possible.

“The farmhouse was going to be converted into a care home for adults with learning disabilities and the community is understandably very upset that this has happened.

“We’re asking anyone who may know who is responsible for this arson attack or who may have seen people acting suspiciously in the area to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should call 0161 856 4982 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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