VIDEO: Dudley 'petrol bomb' victim says CCTV not enough to keep family home safe

'Petrol bomb' victim Rik Freeman says that CCTV is no longer enough to keep his family safe after a shocking arson attack on Saturday morning.

Mr Freeman said he is now "extra vigilant" and monitors the street from his Willow Road home.

Truck driver Mr Freeman installed the CCTV after being targeted by yobs two years ago, who slashed 10 sets of his and his wife Tracey’s tyres.

Rik Freeman outside his Willow Street home

The cameras seemed to have successfully deterred the troublemakers. That was until the explosion in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In the CCTV footage a hooded arsonist can be seen running away after detonating the hatchback on Willow Road shortly before 3.30am.

The glow from the flames lit up houses on the opposite side of the street.

Mr Freeman, 50, said: “My daughter heard something and saw a flash through the curtains.

“By the time I woke up whoever did it was long gone. We managed to get the fire just about put out before the fire services arrived.”

West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: “We were told by the fire service there was a car fire in Willow Road at around 3.30am.

“A black Volkswagen Scirocco was on fire, and the fire services told us it had been covered in petrol. It is being treated as arson and we are investigating.”

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

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Comments for: "VIDEO: Dudley 'petrol bomb' victim says CCTV not enough to keep family home safe"


This spate of tire vandalism and recent fire bombing of vehicles and a vehicle owned by the resident outside of his home address is likely to have been carried out by a person or persons local to the area who knows of or has knowledge of the residents, family member(s). Cctv evidence of this attack and any future incidents is unlikely to apprehend the person or persons responsible while they continue to disguise their identity and strike randomly at unsociable hours of the day when there are no eyewitnesses to apprehend or discover where the perpetrator(s) are living locally.

El Berto

terrible thing jealousy, someone probably doesn't like the fact that Mr Freeman works hard and can afford the nicer things in life


That must be the worst thing possible,living in your own home and not feeling safe,i have experienced this myself,and it's not nice.

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