A carer was left unable to get to work after her car was set on fire in the middle of the night.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she was woken up by the sound of a car alarm going off outside her home near Princes Park in Toxteth on Friday, September 24.

The 24-year-old told the ECHO: "It was 3am. I went to bed on Thursday night and woke up to a car alarm going off.

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"I looked out of the window and there were massive flames."

The woman said the car that was torched belonged to her neighbour but her car, which was parked beside it, had also become "engulfed in the flames."

The burnt out shell of the car that was set on fire near Princes Park in Toxteth
The burnt out shell of the car that was set on fire near Princes Park in Toxteth

Photos show the damage caused to the cars, which have both been written off as a result.

The woman, who works as a community carer, said she was left unable to get to work this weekend and has had to use her savings to buy a new car while she waits for her insurance to pay out.

Both cars had to be written off after being set on fire in the early hours of Friday
Both cars had to be written off after being set on fire in the early hours of Friday

She added: "I work as a community carer for home help so I drive around to people's houses. I was meant to work this weekend and I've had to let them down when they're already short staffed.

"Why would someone do that to someone's property in the middle of the night?

"I was just distraught but it was lucky in the same sense that no one was killed. At the end of the day it's just a car and it can be replaced, no one died."

It's one of a number of incidents involving cars being set on fire in Toxteth and Aigburth in recent days.

Fire crews were called to reports of a grey panel van being set alight on Wellesley Road in the Princes Park area, at around 11.40pm on Friday night.

Just over half an hour later at 00:13am, a black Ford Ka was set on fire two streets away on Devonshire Road.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police were called out again to two further incidents in the early hours of Saturday morning on Colebrooke Road in Aigburth.

The first involved a grey Ford Fiesta which was found up in flames at 1.08am on Saturday, while the second involved a grey Fiat Panda which was reported at 2.49am.

One of the cars which was set on fire in Aigburth
One of the cars which was set on fire in Aigburth

One horrified car owner, who did not want to be named, said was "in bits" after finding her car up in flames on Colebrooke Road.

She said: "It was just after one o clock, I was sat in house and saw something flickering and the roof was on fire."

Merseyside Police said no one was injured during the incidents and a joint investigation is now underway with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

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Detective Inspector Ben Dyer, said: "The owners of the vehicles targeted in these incidents are obviously distressed by what has happened and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

"If you live locally and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the early hours of this morning please come forward.

"I would also appeal to anyone who may have CCTV or Dashcam footage to come forward as they could be in possession of vital information which would help our inquiries."

Anyone with information can contact our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference the following reference numbers: 1237 of 24 September; 0011 of 25 September; 0057 of 25 September or 0124 of 25 September. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website here.

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