‘Car arsonists have ruined our lives’

Nicola Haigh and her husband had both their cars burnt out in one night.
Nicola Haigh and her husband had both their cars burnt out in one night.
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A disabled woman says she and her husband have had their lives destroyed by the arsonists who torched both their cars in one night.

Nicola Haigh, who has cerebellar ataxia, which causes a loss of muscle coordination and means she struggles to walk, says she has not been able to go about her daily life since the vehicles were damaged.

Mrs Haigh, who lives with her husband Trevor on Albion Street in Liversedge, said: “People do not understand what sort of devastation things like this can have. I am disabled and now I have got no car and I can’t get out.”

The 50-year-old, who used the car to do the shopping and other errands, said the couple had also been left shaken as a result of the incident.

She said; “My husband looks out the window every single night.

“We have got to keep the lights on now too. It’s destroying both of us.”

The crime took place at around 4.10am on Sunday, November 6.

Mrs Haigh said: “My husband had woken up and he looked out the window and saw my car was on fire.

“He ran outside putting water on it and realised that his car was also on fire.

“We had two old cars that were perfectly serviced and now they’ve both been written off.”

She added: “In the space of a quarter of an hour, this destroyed our lives.

“I have lost my independence, we have lost the lot due to this mindless, stupid vandalism.”

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information about the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police in Liversedge are appealing for information after an incident where two vehicles were damaged after they were deliberately set alight.

“The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, November 6 when the occupants of a property in Albion Street were alerted to two vehicles alight on the road outside the address.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Batley and Spen NPT on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”