Dad's appeal after car destroyed in Daubhill arson attack

The car belonging to Abdul Patel

The car belonging to Abdul Patel

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A FATHER whose car was set on fire in an arson attack in Daubhill has appealed for information about the incident.

Abdul Patel, aged 47, and his family were asleep in the early hours of April 16 when someone climbed a wall surrounding their bungalow in Edge Hill Road and set fire to the silver Volkswagen Golf.

The car was destroyed and a second car belonging to the family, a Seat Alhambra, which Mr Patel used for his work as a taxi driver, was also written off because of damage.

CCTV cameras attached to the house pictured a dark figure climbing over the wall and setting a fire under the front of the car. A short time later the footage shows huge flames engulfing the vehicle.

The footage does not show a clear picture of the offender, so Mr Patel is asking for anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “I loved that car but the real effect of what happened is that me and my family feel scared to death.

“This malicious act has left us feeling vulnerable and we have barely slept properly since.”

At the time of the fire, Mr Patel’s children, aged six and two, were sleeping in the house, as well as his 84-year-old mother.

He added: “To think of what could have happened to them is unbearable. It would have left us completely devastated.

"We want any information that could help to secure a conviction against this person for their cold, callous act.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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10:04am Thu 8 May 14

RealisticMoi says...

I hope they find the scumbags responsible.
I hope they find the scumbags responsible. RealisticMoi
  • Score: 16

1:30pm Thu 8 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Questions:

Why was this car singled out? I think Mr. Patel might know the answer if he digs deeper. A family member you recently argued with? A disgruntled customer? Something happened recently, or then there is the possibility that this was just a mindless act of vandalism or an insurance fraud.
Questions: Why was this car singled out? I think Mr. Patel might know the answer if he digs deeper. A family member you recently argued with? A disgruntled customer? Something happened recently, or then there is the possibility that this was just a mindless act of vandalism or an insurance fraud. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

6:25pm Thu 8 May 14

Sharon_heyes says...

Only mr Patel. Knows the answer. But as a neighbour who has been threatened verbally by him. Harassed by him.. It makes you think he isn't such a nice person.
Only mr Patel. Knows the answer. But as a neighbour who has been threatened verbally by him. Harassed by him.. It makes you think he isn't such a nice person. Sharon_heyes
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Thu 8 May 14

Sharon_heyes says...

Mr Patel is not a frightened innocent man he likes the public to think he has caused nothing but trouble to edgehill road. Since moving in just over 3 years ago.. I don't think any of the neighbours have much concern over his welfare. Maybe if mr Patel should consider moving house and leave our street in peace as it use to be .
Mr Patel is not a frightened innocent man he likes the public to think he has caused nothing but trouble to edgehill road. Since moving in just over 3 years ago.. I don't think any of the neighbours have much concern over his welfare. Maybe if mr Patel should consider moving house and leave our street in peace as it use to be . Sharon_heyes
  • Score: 2

11:40pm Thu 8 May 14

lv8151 says...

Sharon_heyes wrote:
Mr Patel is not a frightened innocent man he likes the public to think he has caused nothing but trouble to edgehill road. Since moving in just over 3 years ago.. I don't think any of the neighbours have much concern over his welfare. Maybe if mr Patel should consider moving house and leave our street in peace as it use to be .
now we can hear what the guy really is about .... thank you for being honest and giving the readers a real view as to what could possibly have happened .... because we all know the BOLTON NEWS is always on one track when it comes to reporting .... come on BN ..... stop your one sided views and do some proper research and reporting instead of believing what any tom dick and hammed tells you !!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Sharon_heyes[/bold] wrote: Mr Patel is not a frightened innocent man he likes the public to think he has caused nothing but trouble to edgehill road. Since moving in just over 3 years ago.. I don't think any of the neighbours have much concern over his welfare. Maybe if mr Patel should consider moving house and leave our street in peace as it use to be .[/p][/quote]now we can hear what the guy really is about .... thank you for being honest and giving the readers a real view as to what could possibly have happened .... because we all know the BOLTON NEWS is always on one track when it comes to reporting .... come on BN ..... stop your one sided views and do some proper research and reporting instead of believing what any tom dick and hammed tells you !!!!!!!!!!!!! lv8151
  • Score: 3

2:21am Sat 10 May 14

wsw69 says...

If he's that 5h1t scared then why all the publicity in the BN? I'd just want it to be as low profile as possible.

And as I recall in the first article when this happened, Mr Patel is a full time taxi driver AND he cares for his 84 year old mother, also FULL TIME.
If he's that 5h1t scared then why all the publicity in the BN? I'd just want it to be as low profile as possible. And as I recall in the first article when this happened, Mr Patel is a full time taxi driver AND he cares for his 84 year old mother, also FULL TIME. wsw69
  • Score: 3

8:45am Sun 11 May 14

RealisticMoi says...

wsw69 wrote:
If he's that 5h1t scared then why all the publicity in the BN? I'd just want it to be as low profile as possible.

And as I recall in the first article when this happened, Mr Patel is a full time taxi driver AND he cares for his 84 year old mother, also FULL TIME.
I am sure most people would feel threatened after such an act.
There is no reason to why anyone would do this. It's a terrible act and I think people are losing the point
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: If he's that 5h1t scared then why all the publicity in the BN? I'd just want it to be as low profile as possible. And as I recall in the first article when this happened, Mr Patel is a full time taxi driver AND he cares for his 84 year old mother, also FULL TIME.[/p][/quote]I am sure most people would feel threatened after such an act. There is no reason to why anyone would do this. It's a terrible act and I think people are losing the point RealisticMoi
  • Score: -1

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