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Vandals risk lives by setting garden fire

MINDLESS yobs put a family’s lives at risk, after starting a fire which engulfed their garden and could have spread to the house.

MINDLESS yobs put a family’s lives at risk, after starting a fire which engulfed their garden and could have spread to the house.

The arson attack in Coleshill Road, Marston Green on Monday evening destroyed several trees, a greenhouse and two mobility scooters.

The owner, who did not want to be named, had dragged a petrol lawnmower away from the flames - fearing it would blow up.

She told the Solihull News that the blaze could have burned their house down if the fire brigade hadn’t arrived so quickly.

While no-one was hurt, the family, who aren’t insured, will have to fork out thousands of pounds to replace the items.

“We’ve had to work hard for what we’ve got and we don’t want yobs burning our garden,” she said.

“If the lawn-mower had exploded the whole thing could have gone up. I’ve got an elderly dad who lives with us, what if he’d been in the house on his own?”

It’s believed that the culprit had entered the garden - which backs on to local parkland - at just before 9pm.

But it was only when a man turned up on the doorstep asking them to keep their bonfire under control, that the family realised what was happening.

Running out to the back garden, they found the trees had “gone up like candles”. The fire service were called and three engines arrived - five minutes later - to tackle the blaze.

Sergeant Liam Dalton, from Marston Green neighbourhood team, said it was a “mindless, despicable attack”.

“Officers have visited the victims to offer them crime prevention advice and local enquiries are continuing; there have been no other recent incidents of this nature in the area,” he said.

“A 90-year-old resident of the house relied on his mobility scooter to get around.”

If you saw anything suspicious on Monday evening call 0345 113 5000.

 

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