Flammable object posted at elderly man's home
A PENSIONER had an unknown item which was doused in lighter fuel put through the letterbox of his Derby home.
The man, who is in his seventies, discovered the foil-wrapped item when he returned to his Littleover home at 9.30pm on Wednesday.
Police said the man noticed "a distinctive smell" when he entered the house and called police when saw the item underneath the letterbox.
It had not been set alight and there was no damage.
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Scene-of-crime officers attended the scene, in Rowley Lane.
Inspector Richard Keene, who is in charge of policing in the area, said: "This seems like an extremely dangerous prank that had the potential to go seriously wrong.
"A vulnerable and elderly gentleman was the subject of this crime and I would like to reassure the public that this was very much a one-off incident.
"Our team of officers are making a thorough investigation at the scene and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice."
Anyone with information or who saw suspicious activity in the area at the time is asked to call 101.