Mother fears for her daughter’s safety after car blaze on Weston estate

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 October 2018

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

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A Weston mother fears for her life and those of her five daughters after her car was deliberately set on fire just yards from their home.

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

Lucy Vasileva’s car, which was parked on her driveway in Ottawa Road, was torched while she bathed two of her children and the other three watched television in the front room.

The blaze, on October 2, destroyed her car and caused damage to the fence, bins and front garden.

The culprit, or culprits, remain at large.

MORE: Safety fears on Weston estate.

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

Lucy feels not enough support has been provided since by Alliance Homes and North Somerset Council to make her family feel safe.

She said: “I want to move immediately, my children and me are scared, they are waking up in the middle of the night and are so frustrated.

“Nobody has come to fix the fence and the bins and kid’s toys have all been burnt.

“I have lost my job because I am too stressed to work and I don’t know what is going to happen next.

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

“Fortunately my neighbours are supporting me but it is horrible and we need emergency housing as soon as possible. The car was so close to the gas metre it could have ended tragically.”

The Mercury reported last month there has been a rise in antisocial behaviour incidents on the Coronation estate, with youngsters breaking doors, smashing windows and being threatening and intimidating towards people.

MORE: Drug dealing and antisocial behaviour on Weston estate.

An Alliance Homes spokesman said: “Ensuring the safety of our customers is of great importance to us and we’re working in partnership with Avon and Somerset police to ensure the family are safe in their home.

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

“Following the fire at Ottawa Road, we made a referral to the housing advice team at North Somerset Council and have offered our own support through our tenancy sustainment service.

“After assessing the property, we have identified minor damage to its driveway, which we will be repairing as soon as possible.”

A police spokesman added: “We were called following a report a car had been set alight at a property in Ottawa Road at about 8.30pm on October 2.

“Having reviewed CCTV footage and made house-to-house enquiries, we have currently exhausted lines of enquiry. However we would encourage anyone with information to call 101 and quote reference 5218220983.”

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

The car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy VasilevaThe car was torched on October 2. Picture: Lucy Vasileva

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