Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Children in House Set Ablaze by Firebomb after 'Road Rage' Clash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Children in House Set Ablaze by Firebomb after 'Road Rage' Clash

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Byline: Felix Allen

A HOUSE where three young children were sleeping was firebombed and shot at in an attack that detectives are linking to road rage hours earlier.

Police said a petrol bomb made from a milk bottle was thrown through a family's living room window between 2.30am and 3am yesterday, setting the downstairs of the house ablaze.

A couple and their three sons -- a boy of three with cerebral palsy, his fiveyear-old brother and a one-month-old baby -- were asleep upstairs at the time, while a 24-year old relative was sleeping downstairs.

At about the same time a gunshot was fired towards the house. The bullet missed and smashed through a neighbour's window.

All the residents escaped unharmed but police say it was only by good fortune that no one was killed.

The firebomb attack in Antill Terrace, Stepney, came less than three hours after a row involving a cyclist and a motorist in the street outside just before midnight on Wednesday.

A 40-year-old man, who does not live at the address, was trying to get on his bike after leaving a birthday barbecue at the house when he was hit by a black VW Golf, knocking him to the ground.

In the scuffle that followed, the motorist suffered a cut to his head and was then heard to threaten that he would come back and "shoot" the cyclist. …

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