OAP couple in firebomb terror

Scene of the house fire on Kings Road, Golborne
Scene of the house fire on Kings Road, Golborne
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A MINDLESS thug hurled a deadly petrol bomb at the Wigan house of two elderly residents in a case of mistaken identity.

The makeshift explosive broke the outer pane of the front window and set the frame alight on Sunday evening.

Both residents escaped serious injury but were said to be “shaken up” by the ordeal. It is believed that the offender targeted the wrong address.

Detectives are asking for witnesses to come forward to help the investigation.

Watch manager Paul Baines of Leigh Fire Station’s white watch told the Evening Post: “We were called at just before 7.30pm to reports a petrol bomb had been thrown at a residence in Golborne.

“Luckily it didn’t go completely through the window and into the house, it had just broken the outer glazing, but the PVC frame was on fire when we arrived.

“There was no damage to the interior and the occupants got out - they were just very shook up, as you would expect.

“It’s thought that the offender got the wrong house, it was mistaken identity.”

Det Con Lynsey Watson from Greater Manchester Police added: “This as a malicious act that has left the occupants of the house very shaken by what has happened. We would ask that anyone with information call police urgently.”

The offender is described as a white man, around 6ft tall and of medium build. He was wearing dark coloured clothing.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.