Arsonists set fire to couple's vintage converted motorhome

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  1. ShiftZZ

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    A couple have spoken of their horror after their beloved motorhome was torched by arsonists.

    Matthew Hands and Sinead Carnie were asleep at her Bulkington home when their renovated 1974 Leyland bus went up in flames.

    The distinctive vintage vehicle was parked just yards from the village library in School Lane when firebugs struck in the early hours of Sunday .

    Not only did Matthew lose almost all of his possessions, but 41-year-old Sinead revealed that police could have been forced to start a murder investigation as the couple often slept in the motorhome.

    She said: “We were in bed and heard shouting from outside and a girl was screaming as the bus was on fire and she didn’t know if anyone was inside.

    "We could see smoke and Matthew jumped straight off the balcony and kicked in the door to get the fire extinguisher.

    "I ran down stairs after and couldn’t see him anywhere and was screaming his name as I thought he was inside it.

    “But he was actually around the other side using the extinguisher trying to fight the flames.

    "There could easily have been someone in there as we do sleep in it some nights at different locations, so someone could have died.

    "To whoever did it, it was probably just vandalism, but it could have been so much worse.”

    As well as losing nearly all of his belongings in the fire, Matthew, also 41, is having to come to terms with the loss of the motorhome, which Sinead said was his “pride and joy”.

    She added: “He has spent years renovating the bus and it is well-known and loved all over the country.

    "Everywhere we travel people stop, wave, smile, take pictures and ask to come on board. We have travelled all over the UK in this bus and this has destroyed a huge part of our life.

    “His clothes were all on there and his belongings and everything. He has now just got some shorts and T-shirts to his name.

    “We are both devastated but we will get another and move on in our lives despite this horrific attack.”

    Warwickshire Police confirmed they were called to School Lane at about 4.25am on Sunday and are currently treating the incident as arson.

    However, Sinead said: “The police have done nothing at all and didn’t even take the names of witnesses at the time.

    "We have had lots of messages though from people in the village saying how horrible it is that this has happened and how much character it brought to the village.”

    Anyone with information can call police on 101 and quote incident 81 of July 21.

    http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/look-arsonists-set-fire-couples-5325637
     
  2. shunter

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    People that do this kind of thing want putting down there just scum:Angry:
     
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    I think it is only fair and proper to categorically state there is no truth in the rumour that this vehicle had recently been rewired by JJ & Buttons, Electrical Logic Contractors.:Rofl1:
     
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    Did you have an early night.:BigGrin:
     
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    I had a Bedford CF Autosleeper that went up in flames on its own account no arson involved.

    It had ben parked outside the house from November and it went up in February. The fire brigade said it started in the steering column and spread to the closed curtains.

    I was painting in the house and was only aware of it after a knock on the door by a passer by.

    I also lost a lot of items in this fire although most of it was smoke damage as we got there fast. I had a hose and the fire brigade took second to completely extinguish the fire.
     
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    assuming it was arson with no proof !.....

    more likely it was an electrical fault....and strangely, the fire was at the back end....where the engine lives

    has anyone tried to set a bus alight....where do you start ????
     
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    I am impressed. all day and nobody has picked up on the situation of Matthew living in Sinead's home unregistered with the dhss as living at that address etc. Is that not how the thread normally goes. :Sad:
     
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    Why?

    She works for the council .
     
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    I wonder where all my cloths and possessions are...Oh, i know.....i left the lot in the RV.....:Doh:

    “His clothes were all on there and his belongings and everything. He has now just got some shorts and T-shirts to his name."
     
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    Well I think that's a little unfair. Mightn't be to everyone's taste but they loved it!

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    A few facts dont normally get in the way of a good post.
     
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    Petrol tank? break window and throw petrol soaked rag in? stuff cardboard under the rear wheel arch and torch it?, just a few ideas to mull over
     
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    Oh dear I feel this is [STRIKE]drifting[/STRIKE] rapidly moving off topic.
    pages on it will be 'how to torch a bus'!
    If it is arson any words I used to comment would soon have me banned!
     
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    There are things we know that we know.
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns.
    There are things we do not know we don't know.
    And on Motorhome Fun we have Buttons.
     
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    What words are these then bigfoot:Wink::Laughing:
     
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    This is not the only forum where I am held in such high esteem Shifty. :Laughing:
     
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    It wern't VINTAGE, it were 1974, VINTAGE is 1910(?)- 1930.

    It were just an old Bus !
     
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    I bet when the claim goes in it was immaculate and full of expensive possessions
     
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    [FONT=&quot]I have met this lovely family they may not have had a hymer deluxe all singing all dancing but it was there motorhome they had worked so hard on.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]With many fond memories off holidays past but are hardworking would not steel from any one not even an insurance company[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]are probably feeling very upset at this time at the loss of their motor home they are the kind of people who would put out the hand of friendship to help anyone even someone with a top of the range motorhome how many of you can say or be seen to do that [/FONT][FONT=&quot]I see it all the time when out with the motor home someone with a older van broken down in a lonely country lay bye and the nice new van owners nose up in the air just pass by muttering hippies[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Most motor homers wouldn’t even pee on them even if they were on fire[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot] [FONT=&quot]Just an old bus to some of you but there pride and joy [/FONT]
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    Nice one bill
    I don't care if some think it was a piece of junk
    It was theirs and how would you feel if it was yours
    If it was mine I would be gutted
     
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