Plymouth mother tells of her terror after yobs' arson attack
A MOTHER-OF-FIVE has spoken of her terror after youths set fire to a bin bag on her doorstep.
Arsonists lit the empty rubbish bag outside the home of 30-year-old Jolene Laing in Laira.
A quick-thinking 13-year-old boy, visiting her son at the time, put out the fire with a glass of water before any damage could be done.
But 30-year-old Jolene, who was in the house in Foxfield Close with the six children on Saturday night, is worried the youths might return.
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Police today appealed for information, saying that someone in the local community must know about the arson.
Jolene, who has children aged from six months to 13, said: "It was terrifying. My four-year-old has been in floods of tears but I have had to keep calm and hide my own tears.
"I don't know how we could have got out of the enclosed back garden, especially with me carrying the baby."
She said she heard loud banging on the door just before 10pm.
Jolene looked out of the window just as her eldest son opened the door to be confronted with the burning bag on the step.
She added she saw four youths running away.
Jolene said: "My son's friend just got a glass of water and chucked it over the fire. He was brilliant.
"The house was filled with the smell of burned plastic."
She is now going to contact landlords Devon and Cornwall Housing and try to get a cage to cover her letter box.
Investigating officer Dc Brian Perry, of Charles Cross CID, said: "Someone in the local community will know something about this. Someone will have talked.
"We want to prick people's consciences. We want them to think about how they would feel if it happened to them."
He said the youths were wearing black and grey hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information can contact the police in confidence on 101, quoting crime number EC12/10130 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.