Family describe shock after arsonists destroy car

Rebecca and Julian Stanford who's car was burnt out in South Street, Oakham. Rebecca and Julian pictured with their children, from left, Caspar, six, Laila, eight, and Freya, 11.'Photo: MSMP180613-013ow

Rebecca and Julian Stanford who's car was burnt out in South Street, Oakham. Rebecca and Julian pictured with their children, from left, Caspar, six, Laila, eight, and Freya, 11.'Photo: MSMP180613-013ow

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A mother and her family have spoken of their shock after arsonists destroyed her car in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Rebecca Stanford was called at about 2.30am on Saturday by a policeman who said her silver Volkswagen Golf parked in a nearby street was on fire.

The damage caused to the Volkswagen Golf that was set alight in South Street, Oakham, on Saturday morning.

The damage caused to the Volkswagen Golf that was set alight in South Street, Oakham, on Saturday morning.

By then there was nothing she could do so Mrs Stanford went to see the damage in the morning after a sleepless

night.

She said: “I just burst into tears. It was horrible.

“I didn’t want to touch it. It was really frightening. I know it wasn’t my house but I felt like I had been invaded.

“My son keeps asking when our house is going to be on fire.”

Mrs Stanford, 39, lives in High Street, Oakham, with her husband Julian and their four children.

But that night she left her car in South Street.

She knew something was wrong as soon as the phone rang.

She said: “When the phone goes at half past two in the morning and it’s the police, you know something is wrong.

“I was really upset and quite shocked by what had happened.

“It’s quite lucky that the fire didn’t spread to the engine because it could have caused a huge explosion.”

Police were called to the fire at about 1.40am and firefighters were soon on hand to put out the flames.

But the blaze melted most of the car’s interior and it is likely to be written-off.

Police are treating the incident as arson.

Mrs Stanford used the car daily to take her children Isabella, 13, Freya, 11, Laila, eight, and Caspar, six, to school and to get to her work at Lands’ End in Oakham.

She bought the car four years ago for about £3,500 and its reliability was invaluable.

Mrs Stanford said: “The car was really reliable and now I’m stuck without it.

“I used to use it for the school run and getting to work each day and now we’re having to make other arrangements.

“Someone must have seen something or know what happened, and I would really like to know because it’s all a bit worrying.”

Police are urging anyone with information or witnesses to the incident to get in touch.

Call police on 101 and quote incident number LR/679/13/6.