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Investigation into alleged petrol bombing in Hemswell Cliff, near Gainsborough, dropped by Lincolnshire Police due to insufficient evidece





Terrifying CCTV shows the alleged petrol bombing of a car and house – while the occupants were inside.

The car and front door to the house were left blackened and smouldering in the attack.

Mum Laura Coupland, 39, and her son Lincoln-Jay, 11, had to leave the property in Hemswell Cliff, between Gainsborough and Market Rasen, in the aftermath.

A neighbour helped to douse the flames with a hosepipe while the family waited for the emergency services to arrive.
A neighbour helped to douse the flames with a hosepipe while the family waited for the emergency services to arrive.

Footage shows a car surrounded by flames as caught on CCTV, before it shows the damage to the door and a firefighter working at the scene.

Police attended the incident but have now closed the investigation into last summer’s incident due to a lack of evidence.

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Laura, who has since moved to a new home, said: “Me, my son and dogs were in that house asleep at the time.

“My son was too scared to go back – it's had quite a big effect on us both.

“I nearly had a nervous breakdown over it all and became very depressed. It’s affected my son too, he’s become quite angry about it.

“The fire damaged the house and wrecked everything.”

Mum Laura Coupland, 39, and her son Lincoln-Jay, 11, have had to leave the property in Hemswell Cliff. Police attended the incident but the investigation has been closed due to a lack of evidence.
Mum Laura Coupland, 39, and her son Lincoln-Jay, 11, have had to leave the property in Hemswell Cliff. Police attended the incident but the investigation has been closed due to a lack of evidence.

Laura says the attack, which happened in July 2023, has upended their lives and says they lost everything as the fire caused smoke damage throughout the three-bed house.

She claims two petrol bombs were thrown – one at her car and one at her front door.

And she says they had to live in temporary accommodation before the council could offer them a new home.

Firefighters were at the scene of the fire in July 2023.
Firefighters were at the scene of the fire in July 2023.

Despite moving into a new property in October 2023, Laura says as they’ve been moved out of their local area her son now has to attend a new school.

She says she’s frustrated by the response from police as no arrests were made.

“It was frustrating because it’s serious – I was so angry, I was fuming,” said Laura.

“I'm hoping the video might appeal to someone’s conscience.

A still from CCTV footage showing the car after the alleged petrol bombing.
A still from CCTV footage showing the car after the alleged petrol bombing.

“We lost everything, our home and car, my son was meant to go to a local school but obviously that all changed.

“Luckily our neighbour had a hose and put the front door fire and the car out until the fire brigade arrived.

“Above the front door was a gas boiler so we’re very lucky it wasn’t worse.”

Laura and Lincoln-Jay have had to move house.
Laura and Lincoln-Jay have had to move house.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We can confirm we attended this incident at Hemswell Cliff on 11 July 2023.

"We provided what support we could however, there was not enough evidence to proceed further with an investigation.”



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