Learner car attacked by arsonists

Leabrooks driving instructor Richard Lord stands by the burned out Fiesta - torched by arssonists last Friday.
Leabrooks driving instructor Richard Lord stands by the burned out Fiesta - torched by arssonists last Friday.

A Leabrooks driving instructor says arsonists won’t put him off from doing his job despite torching his learner car.

Richard Lord has been teaching teens to get behind the wheel for 17 years and say his pupils have always parted on good terms.

But last Friday his black ford Fiesta was set fire to on his Cemetery Lane driveway, destroying it and causing distress to his nine year old grandaughter who was looking on.

But the owner of Richard’s driving school believes it was a random attack and not a jilted former pupil out to wreak revenge. He said: “I have no idea why they did it whatsoever.

“They want to find something better to do with themselves really.”

He added; “It’s business as usual now - we have got a hire car to replace it and we have an automatic car for other learners. It doesn’t play on my mind at all.

“If it happens again, it happens again, it won’t stop me teaching people to drive.”

Richard had returned from work on Friday, June 7 at around 5pm, leaving the car on the drive.

Two hours later Richard’s phone rang; it was a neighbours calling to tell him his car was on fire.

He said: “When the fire brigade came out they said to me straight away they thought it was arson.”

“A young girl across the road said that she had seen someone running away from it - then she heard a bang.

2It caused the family a lot of distress. My wife came round the corner of the street on her way home and saw the car on fire!”

Although Richard has managed to claim a lot of the damage via his insurance, he was still forced to pay a£160 excess to replace the vehicle and he missed out on a day of lessons the following Monday. He also lost a laptop, which was on the back seat, as well as paperwork and teaching manuals.

If you saw anything on Friday June 7 at around 7pm Cemetery road, Leabrooks regarding this incident, call the police on 101 - or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.