Victim of petrol bomb attacks returns to west Hull home
THE victim of two arson attacks on her home has moved back in.
She and two other tenants were left terrified after petrol bombs were thrown through the windows of their home in Grove Street, off Beverley Road, Hull, on two consecutive days.
Detectives said the woman could have been killed in the attacks and made a desperate plea for help to catch those responsible.
The woman, who is battling cancer, revealed windows were smashed before petrol bombs were thrown into the house.
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She said the consequences could have been much worse after one of them landed close to a gas cooker and boiler.
Those living in the house had to be moved to a safe house while the investigation continues.
But despite the shock, the woman claims she has no choice but to return.
She said: "I have moved back into my house after the boiler was fixed.
"I feel nervous about it but I can't stay in a one-bedroom flat with seven cats.
"One of the tenants has moved out but two of us are moving back in.
"My head is totally gone over this. I am angry and I have been crying.
"I don't think I will ever get over this.
"Hopefully, those responsible will be severely punished."
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The victim believes the chances of any further attacks are slim.
She said: "The house hasn't been targeted since but there are cameras and a strong police presence.
"Also, I think they will have seen the stories in the paper and realise they've made a mistake.
"We are certain they didn't mean to target us personally.
"Hopefully, that is the end of it but it will take a lot to put the house right again.
"We are having new windows put in. Alarms have also been fitted and the letterbox has been sealed with a new one outside."
The house was targeted on New Year's Eve and then again on New Year's Day.
Both attacks involved someone throwing a brick through the window before throwing in a petrol bomb into the kitchen close to the gas cooker and boiler.
The first attack happened at 1.15am on New Year's Eve, when one of the other tenants was downstairs and heard something smash in the kitchen.
The second attack took place on New Year's Day at about 8.25am when another brick and petrol bomb were thrown into the living room.
Nobody was injured, although fire damage was caused on each occasion.
Three people have been arrested and released on bail while investigations continue.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.