Terrifying moment car and driveway engulfed in flames following arson attack

A family have released terrifying footage of their car and driveway engulfed in flames as they claim it was just one incident in a four-year-long hate campaign against them.

The shocking video shows the moments after their car exploded into a fireball on the driveway of their home in Yardley, Birmingham as the parents and their two teenage children slept.

Police initially told the family they had put a critical risk marker on their address and urged them to call 999 if they felt in danger.

West Midlands Police officers had also offered to move the family to a hotel for a "day or so" while they found alternative accommodation while detectives investigated the arson and a separate stalking allegation.

Despite the seemingly ongoing threat, the father claims police closed the arson case days later claiming they had no further lines of enquiry, Birmingham Live reports.

The dad, who has asked not to be named for fear of further reprisals, claims the family has been the target of a hate campaign since 2018, when another car was set ablaze on their driveway. The family later moved.

He claims an "incendiary device" was used to start the latest ferocious fire on May 2. Meanwhile, he says bogus food deliveries are also being made to their home – the latest for £90 of meals.

The latest car fire took place in the early hours. The dad said: "We were woken up in the same instance that we had woken up around four years ago, to the sight of our car in flames.

"This is evidently not a coincidence as we are clearly being targeted. Thankfully, the neighbours had called the fire brigade, so the fire was put out before it escalated to burning down our house."

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The dad believes an "incendiary device" was thrown at the car. He said: "It was thrown towards the car, setting both the road and our drive also on fire. At the time, myself, my wife and my children were sleeping so you can imagine the shock and outrage felt by us.

"The damage to the car was extremely extensive and also a health hazard so it had to be removed from our drive the following day. The fire also left a large crack in one of our downstairs windows and part of the house brickwork and fencing were also left damaged."

Police took statements from the family and the desperate dad later sourced video footage from a neighbour of a car passing by shortly before and after the attack. It did not show the registration plate.

But when there were no more lines of enquiry, the dad was left angry and disappointed as he told local media: "The police are aware that the crime is recurring and I feel as though they are still brushing this to the side.

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"There are lives being put at risk and the previous fire could have resulted in fatal results if it had not been managed as quickly as it was."

In terms of the culprits, he said: "I do have my suspicions but due to there being no evidence, the police have ruled out the possibility of investigating this. We have gone out of our own way and tried to find surveillance footage and we have found some 'clues' if you would like to call it, and we aren't even professionals.

"Which leads me back to the point that the police do have the power to help us and stop this sick individual once and for all. My only question is why aren't they helping us and why are we doing their job?

"The police can check the surveillance around the area and potentially the ANPR cameras. This incident is life-threatening not to just me and my family but potentially to my neighbours and people who walk past our house on the main road."

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West Midlands Police issued a statement – outlining what they were doing to help the family. It said: "We're investigating after receiving a report earlier this month of a woman being victim of stalking and harassment.

"We fully understand how distressing this is and have offered to move her, and other family members, to alternative accommodation while we progress enquiries to establish who's responsible. We are routinely monitoring the area as part of our patrols strategy.

"We were also alerted to a family member’s car recently being damaged in a suspected arson attack. We're exploring whether these are linked.

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"Despite carrying out extensive checks in the area we have not been able to identify any clear CCTV showing the offence, or forensic opportunities, which would enable us to positively identify anyone involved.

"Due to high level of demand for service we have to be proportionate with investigations but we will always look to act on any fresh information we receive.

"We're also aware of previous incidents of arson and criminal damage while living at alternative accommodation four years ago and will also be looking at any potential connection."

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