Northampton family feel unsafe after their car was torched outside their front door

The car's interior has been destroyed by flames.
The car's interior has been destroyed by flames.

A family who describe their vehicle as their livelihood have been left without transport after their car was set ablaze in Northampton.

The family, who have requested to keep their name and address anonymous, discovered that their silver Honda Civic was on fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning (February 13).

The incident is being looked into by Northamptonshire Police.

The incident is being looked into by Northamptonshire Police.

Three fire engines were called to the scene and Northamptonshire Police are investigating, the county force confirmed.

A spokeswoman said Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at 4am and attended two car fires. She told the Chronicle & Echo that one car was set alight, which then spread to a second car.

The blaze has destroyed the owners' work boots, a jacket and trainers - which were kept inside the vehicle once used by the family as their only means of transport for shopping and getting to work.

The owner's fiancee said: "I'm absolutely livid, we do not know whether this could be a threat. We do not know what's next, we have kids here.

"We have not got any form of transport, I don't feel safe in my own home. I was meant to have my theory test today (Tuesday) but I was not in the frame of mind to do it. I broke down in tears.

"It is my fiancees car, I have to use it for learning to drive. It's our livelihood. We use it to go shopping, we use it to go to work, we use it every single day, day-in-day-out."

The family, who bought the car back in September for £475 - and have recently paid out for a new MOT - are appealing for witnesses to come forward.