A woman has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after a fire broke out in Calcot last week. 

The blaze affected several properties on Red Cottage Drive after flames were reported at 11.50pm on Thursday, July 28. 

Three homes have been left severely damaged following the incident, forcing numerous residents to evacuate. 


Affected locals were relocated to Calcot Infants School, which was set up as an emergency triage centre.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished in the early hours of Friday, July 29, and nobody was seriously injured, although a number of people were treated at the scene by South Central Ambulance Service.

Last week, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson before being released under police investigation. 

Thames Valley Police have now issued an update on their investigation, revealing they have also arrested a woman from Reading on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. 

She has been bailed until August 31, 2022. 

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Stuart Streeter of CID based at Newbury police station, said: “We are continuing our investigation into this incident and have made another arrest in connection with this incident.

“We are still appealing for the public’s help in our investigation and are particularly keen to for anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the incident to please upload it to our online page.

“Or if anyone has any other information please call 101 quoting reference 43220335883.

Or if you do not wish to speak to police but have information you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”