Shouts of 'rat' heard before two houses and car set alight

A fire damaged house on Dover Road, Maghull
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Two homes and a car were targeted overnight in linked attacks.

Merseyside Police has launched an appeal for information following two arson attacks in Maghull and Lydiate in the early hours of Friday, July 5. At around 1.30am, police received reports that two men had set fire to a car, believed to be a BMW, and caused damage to the windows of a home on Mallory Avenue in Lydiate.

A short time later, police received further reports that two men had smashed a window and poured accelerant into a house and set it alight on Dover Road in Maghull. Both fires were quickly put out and there were no injuries reported.

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One woman told the ECHO: "I just heard all the banging and screaming and shouting. Calling someone a rat. There were five lads there with balaclavas on. They were calling someone a woman beater.

"They were screaming and shouting with bats in their hands. They were smashing the car up. They were well gone. Everyone was outside all the neighbours. I was just like what the hell is going on here. I tried speaking to the girl that was in the house.

"She was saying 'what the f*** has happened?'"

Damaged car on Mallory Avenue, Lydiate
Damaged car on Mallory Avenue, Lydiate -Credit:Liverpool Echo

Both incidents are believed to be linked and the properties are thought to have been targeted. Extensive CCTV and witness enquiries are currently ongoing and detectives are appealing for information.

Detective Inspector Paul McVeigh said: "This was a shocking and reckless attack on two homes that could have had far worse consequences. It’s only by sheer luck that nobody was seriously injured.

"We know the community will be rightly shocked by what happened and we are determined to find the people responsible. We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry, but I would ask for anyone who knows anything to contact us as a matter of urgency.

"If you live in the area and have CCTV cameras, or you were driving in the area at around the time of the incident and have dashcam footage, please review your footage and come forward if you captured anything."

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 24000588089.

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