House firebombed in north Liverpool
A STOLEN car that ploughed into a lamppost may have been fleeing the scene after an arson attack on a Merseyside house.
Police were called to Sterrix Lane, Litherland, at around 12.15am today to answer reports of a car crashing.
At exactly the same time fire crews were on their way to a possible firebombing on the adjoining road.
A semi-detached property in Gorsey Lane was torched, leaving the living room and much of the downstairs damaged.
Detectives are probing links between the arson and the crash nearby.
A turquoise S-reg Vauxhall Vectra, thought to have been stolen from an address in Maghull earlier this week, smashed into a street light on Sterrix Lane, flattening the post.
Two men were seen diving from the wreckage and running away in the direction of Litherland Sports Centre.
They were both white and dressed in black clothing.
One wore a black jacket which had a North Face emblem on it.
Sterrix Lane was blocked by the fallen post and remained closed throughout the night.
It was re-opened just after 8am.
A Merseyside police spokesman said: “Detectives believe the car may have been stolen from the Maghull area and are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle either immediately before the incident or in the days leading up to it to contact them.”
Police confirmed they are investigating the arson attack but could not comment on any links between the two incidents.
A spokesman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the whole ground floor of the Gorsey Lane property was badly damaged by the flames and smoke.
No-one was hurt.
This morning the house was cordoned off by police, who were stopping people going inside.
The occupants have been moved out and are thought to be staying with friends.
It is thought the property is linked to Sefton businessman Terry Riley, who has had other addresses, including his own home, come under attack from firebombs and shootings in recent months.
Anyone with information, should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. THE ECHO