Mum hits out at arsonist after car is petrol bombed

DESTROYED -- the remains of the car after the shocking petrol-bomb attack outside the owner's home on Bentinck Street, Hucknall.
DESTROYED -- the remains of the car after the shocking petrol-bomb attack outside the owner's home on Bentinck Street, Hucknall.

A FURIOUS Hucknall mum has slammed a callous arsonist who petrol bombed her car during a spate of attacks in the town.

The woman, who has asked not to be named, had been having a quiet night in with her family at her home on Bentinck Street when a neighbour alerted them to their burning vehicle at around 9.45pm on Saturday August 13.

“We ran down to the bottom of the road and could not believe it, I just felt numb, it’s just so pointless,” she said.

“The car could be described as no more than an old banger but that old banger was the car that got me to work and back as public transport do not go direct to the area that I work.

“I also have to take my children to different schools which are at opposite ends of Hucknall.

“On a busy Saturday night, this person has made the fire brigade and the police come out.

“It didn’t matter to them that a house could be burning somewhere with children trapped inside.”

The mum-of-two has been forced to buy a new car for £1,300 on her credit card so she could continue to get to work and transport her young children around.

“My car was by no means a luxury, but a necessity but this doesn’t seem to matter to the person who set fire to it.”

She says she has no idea why her car was targeted, while her husband’s car also had its wing mirrors smashed earlier this year.

“I’ve been thinking about this and I can guarantee that my kids will not act like this when they are older, they will not have it in them,” she added.

“They say you cannot blame the parents but it has to be a collective thing, there is not just one bad seed.

“Luckily, one of my neighbours, whose car is always being damaged, was away on this occasion.”

A total of five cars were reported to police as damaged on Barbara Square, George Street, Annesley Road and Central Avenue, between around 11pm on Saturday and 3.15am on Sunday.

Officers are now urging a witness who may have vital information about the fires to contact them as soon as possible.

It is believed that the member of the public may have disturbed someone as they tried to set light to a van in George Street, but the suspect made off towards Victoria Street.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 8ins tall.

He was wearing a dark-coloured beanie-style hat, and a dark coat and jogging bottoms.

Police are very keen to speak to the witness, and to anyone else who may have seen any suspicious activity in Hucknall overnight or recognises the suspect’s description.

Anyone with information should contact DC Neil Allsop at Hucknall CID on 0300 300 99 99, ext 804 4734.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.