Crime­watch plea in car ar­son probe

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ATER­RI­FY­ING Orm­skirk fire­bomb at­tack was fea­tured on BBC’s Crime­watch yes­ter­day in a bid to catch the ar­son­ist who “could have killed” a fam­ily.

On March 9, a man set fire to two cars out­side a home on Yew Tree Road, while chil­dren slept in their beds in­side.

CCTV footage from Paul Ponting’s home showed the man pour­ing a liq­uid on a VW Up, which was fol­lowed by a sud­den burst of flames.

The fire de­stroyed the VW, and se­ri­ously dam­aged a Citroen Pi­casso which was parked next to it.

Paul said that he was read­ing in bed when the room sud­denly lit up. When he looked out of the bed­room win­dow he saw that his car had been en­gulfed in flames.

When he raced down­stairs and opened his front door, the fe­roc­ity of the flames shocked him and forced him back in­side his house.

He then helped his wife and two chil­dren down­stairs to the kitchen, at the back of their home.

Paul said that the at­tack could have killed his fam­ily. He added: “The CCTV shocked me. I think that the man must have suf­fered burns, be­cause the fire started so quickly. I don’t think he could have got away in time with­out be­ing in­jured.

“The fire­fight­ers were bril­liant. They told me that they found a melted plas­tic con­tainer on the drive­way, which must have had petrol in it.”

Both his teenage chil­dren were up­set by the at­tack.

He said: “My daugh­ter was in tears and my wife was up­set too. This man could have killed my fam­ily.

“We lost two cars and the drive­way is in a real mess.”

The in­ci­dent took place at around 12.45am on Thurs­day, March 9.

View­ers were able to see a full re­con­struc­tion on Crime­watch Roadshow on BBC1 yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 111 555.

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