Mother's car torched in random early morning arson attack

PUBLISHED: 20:00 07 October 2011

Mother and son Denise and Damien Wicks with their burnt-out car after arson attack. Worle.

Mother and son Denise and Damien Wicks with their burnt-out car after arson attack. Worle.


A SUSPECTED arson attack on a mother's car in Worle has left her unable to get to work.

Denise Wicks and her son Damien, aged 19, were woken at 2.30am on Friday morning when police knocked on their door and told them their car had been torched.

The random attack left their Peugeot 206 a burnt-out wreck.

Firefighters were called to Verbena Way at 1.15am by a neighbour who heard the car’s rear window smash.

They put out the burning car but did not let Mrs Wicks know it had been damaged.

Mrs Wicks and her son slept through the incident and the fire service’s efforts in tackling the blaze and only found out when police knocked on their door half an hour later.

Police found a stone base of a bird bath inside the car, which had been used to smash its rear window before it was set alight.

A neighbour found a red petrol can left nearby, which police suspect was used in the attack.

Mrs Wicks, aged 44, used the car to drive to her work at a bank in Portishead, 20 miles away, and will now be unable to get there.

She said: “I am just devastated. I’m really very concerned and insecure because it looks pre-meditated.

“I just don’t understand the mentality if they did it just out of boredom. It’s me who is left dealing with the stress and upset.”

Mr Wicks said: “We are a kind family, we don’t have any enemies.

“I felt physically sick when I found out and I couldn’t get back to sleep.

“I was looking out of the windows worried that they were going to come back and kill us.”

The car contained several irreplaceable photographs of Mrs Wicks’ niece and her car seat, books and toys.

Police say it is an isolated incident.

They are investigating and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to call 101.

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