Arsonist destroys Sheffield pensioner’s car

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A WIDOW is appealing for information about the arsonist who torched the car given to her as a gift by her late husband.

The 67-year-old was sleeping when someone tampered with her Vauxhall Corsa car parked outside her home, in Shaw Street, Worksop, on Sunday, September 30, just before 1.30am.

The car burst into flames and the heat from the blaze was so intense it melted the front door and guttering of the widow’s house.

She said: “I was having the first good night’s sleep I’d had since my husband died and then this happened. I got up and rushed downstairs and when I opened the front door I was met with the fire, which singed my eyebrows.

“The car was worth much more to me than just cash as it was a gift from my husband.

“He bought it thinking it would be something that would last, but he didn’t count on someone setting it on fire.

“Anyone who knows who did this, please call police.”

PCSO Andrew Carter said: “Not only was the car the victim’s only means of getting around, the potential repercussions of a fire in such close proximity to a house are frightening.

“We are very lucky it didn’t spread further or cause the victim serious injury.

“A conviction for arson carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

“We need to find the culprit before someone gets hurt.”

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