Arson terror for mum

TORCHED -- Denise's car after the attack outside her home on Victoria Street, Hucknall.
TORCHED -- Denise's car after the attack outside her home on Victoria Street, Hucknall.

A STUNNED Hucknall mum has described the moment she was woken to find her car in flames just feet from her front door after an arson attack.

The eight-year-old Vauxhall Corsa belonging to Denise Terry (44) was torched on Victoria Street at midnight on Sunday September 18.

It is the latest in a series of arson attacks on vehicles in the town over the last six weeks. Another car was set on fire on Barbara Square on the same night.

Denise, who was in the house with her 23-year-old daughter, Kim Smith, said: “I woke up when I heard banging on my door. I opened my upstairs window and a neighbour was trying to wake me. Smoke just started pouring into my bedroom. The flames were unbelievable.

“I didn’t know what was going on. The first thing I thought was that I had to get out of the house.

“Several neighbours phoned the fire brigade. There were concerns that the car might explode and the flames could spread to other vehicles and houses.”

The police and fire service were quickly on the scene and a helicopter was used to search the area for the arsonist.

One man was arrested and has been questioned and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Denise, who is a cook at the Havana House residential home on Broomhill Road, Hucknall, added: “You don’t think something like this is going to happen to you. I’m a bit shellshocked. It is quite frightening really.

“I’ve lived on Victoria Street for 24 years and nothing like this has ever happened before. I love this street and have always felt safe.

“When something like this happens, you wonder what sort of a society we are living in.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “It seems there is a group going about with nothing better to do than cause damage.

“We are investigating this thoroughly. When someone is charged over this, we will go to the victims and take a statement from them on how they have been impacted.

“We will then go to the magistrates and ask them to punish these people to the full extent of the law.

“These attacks are not just cases of damage. Victims cannot get to work, they have to pay insurance excess, they cannot sleep for days after. It is really upsetting.”

Anyone with information on the arson attacks is asked to ring the police on 0300 3009999 or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.