Met Police investigating after fire started in a letterbox at office of Enfield North Conservatives, reports James Cracknell
The head office of Enfield North Conservative Association has been hit by an attempted arson attack on the eve of the local election.
A fire was reportedly started in a letterbox at the local party office building in Baker Street, Enfield Town, but fortunately did not spread further.
Joanne Laban, leader of the Conservative group on Enfield Council, described the incident as a “violent attack on democracy”.
In a statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “On 3rd May a report of arson was made to police at an address in Baker Street, Enfield.
“It was reported that a fire had been started in a letterbox sometime between 4.30pm on 2nd May and 8.45am on 3rd May. The fire caused damage to the post box but did not affect the rest of the building.
“There have been no arrests. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Cllr Laban said on Twitter that a chemical had been used in the attack. “A chemical was poured into the letterbox and it was set alight,” she said. “We are extremely lucky that no-one was hurt.
“This failed arson attempt is a violent attack on democracy and the political process of our country. This incident has only motivated us further to continue to campaign to win the local elections on Thursday.”
Voters head to the polls on Thursday to elect a new set of 63 councillors at Enfield Council.