Arsonist accidentally sets his trousers on fire while trying to torch two cars outside family home
- The arsonist was trying to set fire to cars outside home in Golcar, West Yorkshire
- Laura Hunsley awoke to find the suspect trying to break into one of her cars
- West Yorkshire Police said initial enquires are ongoing into the arson attack
An arsonist was captured on CCTV accidentally setting his trousers alight after he tried to torch two parked cars in West Yorkshire today.
Laura Hunsley, 30, from Golcar, Huddersfield, was awoken at 2.15am to find the suspect attempting to break into one of the cars parked outside her home with a rock.
After failing to break the window of the car, the man poured petrol from a jerrycan over both a red Honda Civic and a white Volvo on the drive.
However just moments later, the unsuspecting arsonist was left running away from the scene with his trousers on fire after accidentally setting himself alight in the process.
The arsonist pours petrol over the top of the car in Golcar, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, today, after failing to break the window of the car
The suspect pours the liquid over the vehicle with a jerrycan before attempting to set it on fire
Just seconds the vehicle catches fire and the man runs away from the scene with his trousers alight
During the CCTV footage, the arsonist walks towards one of the parked cars and smashes a rock against the window.
He then begins to pour petrol over the top of vehicle before setting it alight.
However just seconds later, the suspect is seen running away from the house with his trousers on fire.
Ms Hunsley, who asleep with her partner Sonny Milnes when she was awoken by the suspect, said she has no idea why the arsonist targeted their property.
The mother-of-two said: ‘I don’t feel safe at home now, it doesn’t bear thinking about. I woke up as my partner was at the bedroom window shouting at him. I wondered what was going on.
‘I looked out and on our CCTV you can see him running away with his trousers on fire.
‘Sonny then used a hosepipe to put the fire out. Clearly, he is some low-life who has nothing better to do at 2am.’
The unknown suspect sets the parked car on fire after failing to break into at 2.55am today
The car is engulfed in a ball of fire as the suspect runs away from the scene in Golcar, Huddersfield
Laura Hunsley, 30, said her partner Sonny Milnes used a hosepipe to put the fire out
Following the shocking scenesm an image released by Ms Hunsley showed the damage done to the red Honda Civic by the arsonist attack
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police were called at 2.55am today to a report of an arson attack by a suspect on two cars in Leyland Road in Golcar, Huddersfield.
‘An offence of arson has been recorded regarding the incident which happened at about 2.50am.
‘Initial enquires are ongoing and anyone who has information is asked to contact Kirklees Police on 101 referencing crime number 13200591934.’
Information can also be given to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.