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The ordeal was the sixth arson Charlotte McKenna, her partner John Williams and their six children have suffered over the past two weeks. Charlotte, 36, says police did “nothing” about any of the episodes, the last of which involving the dog’s disorder occurred on Friday morning.
Charlotte, from Middlesbrough, Teesside, fears that she or a member of her family will be killed if the attacks escalate.
Speaking to Teesside Live today, the mother said: “Having the dog messy through the door this morning was the last straw for me.
“I get to the point where I wonder what it will take for the police to do something about this?”
“Are my partner and I going to have to be seriously injured or one or both of us killed in a fire?
“All I get when I call the police is ‘we’re doing our best.’
“We’re out of breath now and we’re terrified of how this is going to end.
“I haven’t slept in weeks and neither does John who has learning disabilities and mental health issues.
“It got to the point where I have to hold him until he falls asleep and we now keep our bedroom door locked at night.”
Charlotte was brewing a cup of tea when she heard a bang on Friday. The leaflet had exploded and set his back door on fire.
The arson attack before that happened on his clothesline, and in other incidents chairs and other garden furniture were set on fire.
Cleveland Police say they are liaising with Charlotte and John, 31, and have offered protective advice.
A force spokesperson said: “Police have recently received reports of criminal damage and minor arson at this address.
“These were small fires started outside his property on August 1, the evening of Thursday August 5 and the morning of Friday August 6.
“Also on August 6, just before noon, we received a report that a burning leaflet had been posted in a fire-fighting mailbox which had been left open at the address.
“Fortunately, the master of the house extinguished the fire and no damage was done.”
Police also attended the speech on Friday and officers continue to liaise with the victim and offer protective advice, the spokesperson added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police, citing reference 131147.