A LORRY was firebombed and a store front rammed with a car in an attack on a long-standing home improvements business.
Footage shows one of three suspects running off with a burning hand after setting fire to a lorry outside Ryton DIY.
A black Renault car was used to ram the store front three times before the males are seen fleeing Ryton Road, North Anston.
“We were here at the time,” said business owner Deborah Kavanagh. “We just heard a rumble and then ran out to see the lorry was on fire. A car had gone through our shop windows.
“I don’t know what my reaction was. I’m still in shock and frightened. I can’t sleep. You don’t know how far they will go.
“We’ve been on to the police but there’s a lack of action and no communication. I’m not going to let it lie. I want to take it further. It’s arson.
“A lot of people have told us who it was, but the police want them to go to them rather than taking my word for it.”
Deborah, whose business has been at the site for 17 years, added: “The vehicle is no good and the shop front was damaged where they reversed into it three times.
“We’ve boarded it up the best we can to carry on, and have been able to trade this week.”
A police spokeswoman said the incident happened at about 7.20pm last Thursday.
She added: “It is believed a vehicle entered the car park of a DIY store on Ryton Road.
“It is reported a brick was thrown through a lorry window parked outside the store and the lorry was allegedly set alight.
“It is then reported the vehicle was reversed into the front of the DIY store, causing a large amount of damage before leaving the scene.”
Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford described the incident as “awful” — adding: “I will of course be working with those at Ryton DIY to help in any way I can, and I do appeal to anyone who has any information whatsoever to come forward. Only by working together can we drive out this despicable element.
“Clamping down on crime and anti-social behaviour is one of my key focuses in Rother Valley, and that is why we need the reestablishment of a police base in Dinnington.
“This will help with response times, and provide a visible police presence to protect out communities.”
A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesperson said: “An HGV was deliberately set on fire at 7.20pm on Ryton Road. Firefighters from Aston and Maltby stations attended. They came away at 7.35pm.”
Enquiries are ongoing, police said, and anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 822 of April 22.