Defiant business owners fight back

A DEFIANT couple are today fighting back after arsonists launched a vicious attack on their company cars in an attempt to destroy their limousine business.

A DEFIANT couple are today fighting back after arsonists launched a vicious attack on their company cars in an attempt to destroy their limousine business.

Darren Millward, 42, of Norwich Road, Barham, and his partner Frances Green, 40, were left in shock when two of their limousines and two cars were set alight after being doused in petrol early on Friday morning.

As revealed in Friday's Evening Star, brave Mr Millward jumped into one of his burning cars to drive it away from the rest of the fleet to avoid the whole row of cars going up in flames.

But despite the severe setback, the pair have both vowed to continue their business, BKP Limousines, as usual.

Miss Green, who is convinced the arson was an attempt to put an end to their thriving business, said: “You wouldn't wish it on your worst enemy, but people have been so supportive. It's been emotional, overwhelming.

“The experience was so terrifying and horrible but the support from our customers has really restored my faith in the world.

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“We are determined not to let them get the better of us and we will be running our business as usual and we shall be running every job on our books as usual. I'm not letting any of my customers down.”

Miss Green said the on the day of the arson attack the company had managed to cover every booking.

She said: “We went ahead with all 11 jobs, including the school proms and Newmarket races.

“We still had two cars left so I just sat down and rang all my customers and told them what had happened but promised to be there for the job that evening.

“It's a miracle really, but I just went in to survival mode.”

The couple is now offering a £1,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the conviction of the culprits.

Those with information should call police on 01473 613500.

Have you been a victim of arson? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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