Car goes up in flames leave Barby Garage £4,000 out of pocket

Richard Lightsoot,owner of Barby Garage,  pictured by the car that was torched by arsonists.
Richard Lightsoot,owner of Barby Garage, pictured by the car that was torched by arsonists.
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AN ARSON attack has left a business over £4,000 out of pocket and pleading for Barby villagers for support.

The attack happened at Barby Garage, Rugby Road, at around 3am on Tuesday July 24 when an Audi S4 estate car was set alight and reduced to a smouldering shell. The noise from the blaze alerted nearby neighbours who called the fire brigade at around 4am.

Graham Lightfoot, whose son Richard owns the repair garage, said that despite being insured, the garage was still over £4,000 out of pocket.

“When everyone is feeling the pinch of the economic downturn this is the last thing we wanted,” he said.

“We’re devastated. It’s a serious setback and we’d like the people of Barby to get behind us and help keep us in business.

“It looks like someone entered the compound by breaking through a fence. I believe they tried to steal the car, which they wouldn’t have been able to do because it was broken, and then decided to set fire to it. It seems they also used some sort of fuel.”

Northamptonshire Police confirmed someone had forced entry to the site on the morning of the arson and are appealing for witness. Officers said someone had used an “unknown flammable liquid” as part of the attack. Anyone who has any information about the incident can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.