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 www.west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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