Crimewatch plea in car arson probe
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.