"he's smashed the window and thrown a petrol bomb"
A taxi driver explained that his Mercedes was “petrol bombed” outside his home in Bury, leaving him and his family terrified.
The incident happened on Regent Street in the Walmersley area of Bury at around midnight on October 3, 2020.
Kash Minhas said he was at home with his partner and their three children when he was alerted to someone trying to smash the window of his Mercedes E-Class.
He ran out and drove off in his taxi to try and find the culprit. However, whilst he was away, a hooded man smashed the window and threw in what he describes as a petrol bomb.
Kash’s neighbour and partner managed to throw water over the flames to prevent it from spreading. However, it has caused over £1,000 worth of damage.
An investigation is now underway.
The taxi driver said he cannot think of a reason why his property was attacked and that it must have been a case of mistaken identity.
He explained: “Someone has tried to break the window but they’ve been disturbed.
“I thought they were trying to break in at first and I’ve come out and my neighbour has come out.
“He told me which they way they went so I’ve gone looking for him and then whilst I was away I got a phone call from my missus saying ‘he’s smashed the window and thrown a petrol bomb in it’.
“Thankfully they’ve managed to throw water on it because if it would have exploded it could have spread to the house.
“My kids were in there so it is really frightening.
“The police and fire service have told us to put a cover on the letterbox in case they try and attack the house.
“I’ve no idea why it has happened. I think it must be a case of mistaken identity.”
“It’s mainly my missus who drives it. But we’ve lived in this area for years and never had any trouble or done anything to hurt anyone.
“It’s just the last thing we need at a time like this.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) did not confirm the cause of the fire but said the investigation has been handed over to police.
A GMFRS spokeswoman said: “We were called to Regent Street, in Bury, at around 12 am on Saturday, October 3.
“One fire engine from Bury quickly attended the scene.
“The fire involved a Mercedes E Class. Firefighters brought the fire under control.
“Greater Manchester Police were also at the scene. Fire crews were in attendance for around an hour.”
Manchester Evening News reported that a nearby witness claimed that the perpetrator was white, six feet tall, aged between 25 and 30, had reddish-blonde hair and was wearing a dark grey hoodie.
The witness also said he was seen running towards an alleyway with a silver or white car being seen driven “in a hurry” shortly afterwards.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said:
“Just after midnight on 3 October 2020, officers were called to a report of a car on fire on Regent Street in Bury.
“Emergency services attended. No one was injured.
“Enquiries are on-going and anyone with information should call 101.”