Mum terrified after second arson attack on her Grantham home

Katrina Glover outside her home which was attacked by an aronist. Photo: 0176A

Katrina Glover outside her home which was attacked by an aronist. Photo: 0176A

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A mother of three fears for the lives of her family after her house was attacked by an arsonist twice in a month.

The latest attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Sandon Close, Grantham, when a bin was set alight. The fire damage a garden gate and spread up the side of the house.

Katrina Glover said she and her husband Nigel were awoken by the fire brigade. She said the arsonist had called them himself and then ran away when he was told the police were being called.

The blaze also damaged wires outside the house which left the family with no telephone, internet or TV.

Mrs Glover’s children, Jamie 23, Keiran, seven, and Ellie, five, were in the house.

In an earlier incident on November 4, the bin was set on fire and completely destroyed. Katrina answered a knock on the door at 2am to see a man at the door, but immediately shut it.

Mrs Glover, who used to be the scheme manager for the sheltered housing in Sandon Close, says she is frightened it could happen again.

She said: “It is very scary. This is the second time in a month. My kids are terrified. Jamie has only just come out of hospital with a brain injury and he has to sleep downstairs. He says he feels like this is attempted murder.

“These were not little flames. It went up the side of the house and if it had been left the whole house would have gone up.”

She added: “There are lots of elderly and vulnerable residents around here because it’s sheltered housing. They are scared all the time now. I have lived here 15 years and it’s a lovely place to live.”

A similar incident happened in Hill Avenue, Grantham, in the early hours of November 24. This time bins at the bottom of a driveway were set on fire.

Earlier this week, Lincolnshire police confirmed officers were sent to the scene of the second fire.

A spokesman said: “Officers were called to Sandon Close, Grantham, in the early hours of this morning after a report of bins outside a house being set on fire. The fire also damaged TV and phone line cables to the house. No one was hurt.

“Police are appealing for any witnesses to the fires, or anyone with any information, to get in touch with them as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information is asked to call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 22 of November 26, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.