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'Callous' arson attack on disabled Plymouth woman's car

Burned-out Ford Fiesta
Image caption Petrol was poured over the car before it was set alight in the arson attack, described by police as "callous"

An arson attack on a disabled Devon woman's car has left her without her "lifeline", police said.

The green Ford Fiesta, which is leased through the national Motability scheme, was covered with petrol and set alight in the early hours of Sunday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the "callous" attack happened outside the 68-year-old woman's home in the Whitleigh area of Plymouth.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

Police said two men were seen approaching the car in Taunton Avenue between 00:30 and 00:45 GMT on 6 January.

'Confined to home'

Police said one man covered the Fiesta in petrol and a second man lit an object and threw it at the car, causing it to ignite.

Det Con Jason Bryant said the car was completely destroyed, leaving its owner devastated.

"Her car was her way of transport and getting out and about, now she is worried she will be confined to her home," he said.

"The motability company is reluctant to provide another car because of the risk and this car was her lifeline."

High-visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area and police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in or near Taunton Avenue.

They have also asked residents to check their bins and gardens for any suspicious items.

One suspect is described as a white male of "chunky" build, wearing a dark tracksuit with a baseball cap underneath the hood of the tracksuit top.

The second suspect is described as a white male, of slim build, also wearing a dark tracksuit with a black hood over his head.

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