Vandals target car twice in Bilston arson attacks

Vandals destroyed a car by setting it alight twice in the space of one night.

Fire crews at the scene of the arson attack. Image: Bilston Fire/Twitter
Fire crews at the scene of the arson attack. Image: Bilston Fire/Twitter

The yobs struck in Bilston targeting an Alfa Romeo which had been parked while the owner stayed nearby.

Firefighters were first called out to tackle a blaze in the car which was in a car park in Short Street, off Wellington Road, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

When they arrived at the scene at 12.30am they discovered that a back window had been smashed and the back seat was alight. They put the fire out and left the scene within half an hour.

But they were back out on the street around three hours later when the same crew got a second call saying the car was again on fire. However this time when they arrived the blaze was too far gone to save the car. Inside the car was a laptop and sat nav which were both destroyed.

Bilston Fire Station watch commander John Wildman said the owner, a woman in her 20s from Nuneaton, appeared at the scene of the second fire and was very distraught.

He said she had been staying with her boyfriend nearby.

He said: “I’m afraid there was not much we could do – if we sealed up the window the first time, it would have easily been broken in again.”