CCTV catches moment violent thugs petrol bombed disabled grans car on driveway

A disabled grandmother has been left shaken after a brazen duo of thugs attempted to torch her car while it was parked outside of her home.

Frances Thompson thought a car had crashed outside her Walker Road home in Walsall, West Midlands when she heard a bang at around 8.20pm on Sunday, June 19.

But it was a brick being thrown at the MG ZS parked on her drive, quickly followed by a petrol bomb, Birmingham Live reports.

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CCTV footage shows black smoke billowing from the vehicle as the culprits ran off. But thankfully a neighbour managed to put out the flames with a bowl of water before firefighters arrived.

Speaking out about the incident, the 67-year-old told local media: "I was sitting in the living room and I heard a noise. I thought it was a car crash. I got up and went to the window and saw two guys.

"One had thrown a brick at the back window of my car but it didn't break properly. The other one tried to throw a petrol bomb into the car – it flared up and I thought it had set on fire, but it hadn't. It got the wiper and the back of the car.

"Then they ran off around the corner. A lady pulled up while I was on the phone to the police and her little boy said he saw them get into a silver car.

"Checking back on CCTV, you see it go up the road not even 60 seconds before they did what they did. I have seen that silver car a few times. They lit the petrol bomb before they even got to my house. It wasn't even a glass bottle, it was plastic."

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Frances even briefly considered moving as a result of the brazen duo's actions as the area has seen a rise in arson attacks over the last few weeks.

Last week, CCTV footage emerged of a brazen gang of thugs petrol bombing petrol-bombed six cars in four separate incidents – prompting police to install a camera in the trouble-hit area.

However, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said there was "no evidence" to suggest the incident was linked to similar crimes in the area, adding: "No arrests have been made at this time."

Anyone with information has been urged to contact police via Live Chat at or by calling 101. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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