Appeal after fire threat on Kirkcaldy home’s vulnerable old folk

Saunders Court in Kirkcaldy has come under attack recently culminating in two properties being damaged by fire. Pic: FPA
Saunders Court in Kirkcaldy has come under attack recently culminating in two properties being damaged by fire. Pic: FPA

Police in Fife are appealing for information following two incidents of wilful fire-raising at a sheltered home complex in Kirkcaldy.

The incidents occurred between Thursday, May 21, and Saturday, May 23, at Saunders Court when an unknown number of suspects attempted to set fire to the door and window of two properties belonging to elderly female residents.

The fires were the culmination of a series of anti-social behaviour incidents which have occurred over the last few weeks at the complex which is owned by the Kingdom Housing Association.

The scheme is populated in the main by elderly members of Kirkcaldy’s Chinese community.

It is understood that there were a number of unsavoury incidents at Saunders Court in the last few weeks with eggs and stones having been thrown at windows.

Police are now appealing for any information and officers have been conducting patrols in the area.

A spokesman for Fairness Race Awareness & Equality Fife (FRAE Fife) an ethnic minority support group which is based in Kirkcaldy condemned that attacks and said they would offer any support that the residents required.

“We are really worried and concerned of this attack on vulnerable members of the ethnic minority community in Kirkcaldy,” he said.

“We shall be contacting the community leaders to offer our support and assistance.

“FRAE Fife shall also be contacting the local community safety agencies to prevent this type of incident occurring in the future.”

Bill Banks, chief executive of Kingdom Housing Association said he was concerned by the recent events at the area.

“We have been made aware of the incidents at Saunders Court and we are treating the matter very seriously,” he said.

“We are supporting the residents with any assistance that they may require and Kingdom Housing Association is working closely with the police who are investigating and who have recently increased high visibility patrols in the area.”

Police Constable Mike Daglish added that the two incidents were serious in nature, but no-one had been harmed.

“Fortunately these fires have not taken hold and burnt out quickly,” he said.

“However they have caused much distress to the elderly residents who have been targeted.

“We are appealing for any information regarding these incidents. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.