'How are we going to sleep at night?': Residents speak out after cars destroyed in arson attacks on Telford streets

By Lucy Todman | Leegomery | Crime | Published:

Two cars have been set alight by arsonists on two residential streets in Telford during the early hours of the morning.

Marlborough Road, Hadley, where the first attack happened. Picture: Google StreetView

Police are investigating the attacks in Hadley which happened shortly after 2am.

The first fire was reported in Marlborough Road at 2.16am.

A Corsa, which was parked on a driveway, was set alight and fire spread to a bench and the front of a garage.

A mother, whose daughter owned the car, said she and her family were woken in the early hours of the morning by a passer-by who raised the alarm by knocking repeatedly on their front door.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "There were three cars parked outside.

"Whoever did this tried to set fire to the number plate on one of the other cars.

"When they couldn't, they've gone onto the Corsa.

"The car just went up in flames. A man who was walking by was banging on the door.


"My son went out and moved the other two cars but the fire damaged the passenger side wing on one of them.

"We had to get out of the house. My daughter called 999.

"The flames were so high. I didn't expect it and the cars were parked so close to the house. That could have caught fire.

"It's just senseless. I said to the policeman 'how are we going to sleep at night?'


"We would like to thank the man who knocked on our door and the neighbours who also tried to help and came out of their houses."

The next fire was at Near Vallens and was reported at 2.24am.

The fire involved a Mazda and a nearby vehicle was also slightly damaged.

The owner of the car, who did not wish to be named, said she had been asleep at the time but was woken by the sound of an explosion.

She added: "My husband looked out of the window and saw the fire.

"I saw it was our car and we called the fire service. There was nothing left of it to be honest. I'm not happy."

A fire investigation officer was in attendance along with the police.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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