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Cars ‘petrol bombed’ at two homes on Airdrie street as residents tell of ‘war zone’

Three cars have been petrol bombed on a residential Scots street with one local describing the incident as “a war zone.”

Residents told how they heard loud bangs and pops in Newbattle Avenue, Airdrie after thugs set plush motors alight.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service raced to the scene at around 11.30pm last night to douse the flames at two separate properties.

A Range Rover Evoque parked on the street is understood to have been set on fire after a petrol bomb was thrown through the window.

A van parked behind the 4×4 also caught fire.

The fire spread to a van parked behind the Range Rover

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Further down the street a third car parked in a driveway was set alight just minutes later.

Police Scotland say they are still investigating to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Shocking photographs from the scene show the charred remains of the Range Rover as the plush motor is unrecognizable.

The van behind the car has also been completely burnt out.

The remains of a Range Rover Evoque

The remains of a Range Rover Evoque

A wall at the property has been left with scorch marks after the blaze.

A third motor, which remains parked in the driveway further down the street, is also burnt out.

It is understood that both victims know each other.

One resident described the street as a ‘war zone’ and told how a helicopter was in the skies.

Another resident said: “The heat from the fire was so intense you couldn’t walk down the street.”

A third resident said: “We just heard a bang and there was a flash so we ran out and seen them on fire.

They claimed CCTV of the incident was circulating locally, and continued: “There was a short clip of someone running away just wearing all black.

“But we didn’t see a face or much of anything because the camera faces down the street.”

The second car targeted on the street

The second car targeted on the street

Detectives remained on the scene on Tuesday afternoon carrying out door to door inquiries and collecting CCTV footage of the incident.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 11.43pm on Monday, 14 March to reports of a car light on Newbattle Avenue, Calderbank, Lanarkshire.

“Operations Control mobilized one appliance to the scene to extinguish the fire.

“We were alerted again at 11.48pm to reports of a fire affecting another two vehicles on the same street and one appliance was mobilized to that incident.

“Firefighters left after making the area safe. There were no reported casualties.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were called around 11.45pm on Monday, 14 March, to a report of a three vehicles on fire in the Newbattle Avenue area of ​​Calderbank, Airdrie.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

It follows a similar incident whereby following a car was set alight on adjoining Main Street on Thursday, January 20.

Police Scotland confirmed that a 35-year-old man was charged in connection with willful fire raising and vehicle theft.

However, the force confirmed that the two incidents are not being linked.

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