Cul-de-sac car fire misery in Cardinals Walk, Netherhall, Leicester
People in a quiet cul-de-sac are living in fear after cars were torched outside their homes on two separate occasions.
In the latest incident in Cardinals Walk, Netherhall, Leicester, which happened at 5.30am yesterday, a Renault Clio was set alight.
The first incident happened at 4.25am on Monday, February 11, when a car stolen during a burglary in Scraptoft was torched.
Both cars were set on fire in a small parking area close to homes, trees and wooden garden fences.
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The Leicester Mercury spoke to several residents, who did not want to be identified, following yesterday's fire.
One said: "The dog woke us up and then we heard all this popping and banging. The car was alight and my dad called the fire brigade.
"We were also woken up a couple of weeks ago when another car was set on fire.
"It's a bit worrying – nothing like this normally happens in this area. It's not very nice to wake up to a car on fire outside your house.
"It must be someone who knows the area."
Another resident said: "Twice in two weeks we've been woken up by bangs. It's worrying because they've not been far from our doors and windows.
"My daughter was scared to death, she screamed the house down.
"I rang the police straight away. We had a leaflet through the door saying the first car which was burned out was stolen in a burglary in Scraptoft. There's a fence behind the parking area which they can escape over.
"When the first car was burning there were really loud explosions coming from it. It's very worrying when things like this happen.
"It's a nice part of the estate, a lot of older people live round here and it's nice and quiet. Some of the people who live round here were scared to death."
Another resident said: "I can't believe it. The flames could easily have spread.
"It's a quiet area and there's never usually any trouble."
A fourth resident said: "Before the first car was burned out, my wife had been looking out the window to see if it had been snowing and she saw a car whizzing by. When she looked out again later it was on fire.
"It used to be so quiet up here."
Police confirmed the car found burned out yesterday was also stolen.
Sergeant Dwight Barker, who works in the Netherhall area, said: "I would like to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to identify and bring to justice those responsible.
"Officers investigating the two incidents are looking into the possibility that they are linked, making forensic enquiries, speaking to local residents near to where the incidents happened and carrying out other detailed inquiries."
Anyone with information about either of the incidents should call police on 101.