Living in fear after car fires

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A WISBECH family are living in fear after having two vehicles destroyed by arsonists in the same night.

James Atkin, his partner Jennifer Atkinson and their two young children are now afraid to be in their own home after the attack, which almost saw their Bath Road house catch fire, and have applied to Roddons Housing Association to move.

The family car was parked on the driveway, just feet from the front of the house, when it was deliberately set on fire in the early hours of last Tuesday morning (March 29).

James’ work van, which was parked on the road, away from the house, was also singled out and set alight.

He said: “The van had gas in the back and the vehicle exploded. The bang woke a neighbour who called the fire brigade.

“We were woken up by the smoke alarm. We went downstairs and saw the fire brigade putting out the car.”

The heat from the car fire melted the front door and cracked the front window of the house. The incident also upset and scared the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Katelyn, who was woken by the commotion.

James said they are now afraid to be in their home and he is worried about what else might happen.

“What’s going to happen when we’re in bed at night?” he said. “Or if I go out to work and my partner’s on her own?”

Christopher Smith, managing director for Roddons, said: “We spoke to Mr Atkin on Tuesday and immediately registered the family’s application for a transfer. We are in regular contact with the family to check on the situation and to update them on available properties. Our team is supporting the police in their investigations and we have also offered a range of other support to the family.”

Police are appealing for witnesses following the arson attack. Anyone with information is asked to call 0354-456-4564.