Masked men forced their way into a North Lanarkshire home before threatening a family of three with weapons and spraying accelerant in a “shocking” attack.
A 32-year-old man, 29-year-old woman and five-year-old child were inside the house when the three intruders vandalised the property and their car on Innerleithen Drive, Wishaw.
The incident happened around 2.45am on Friday and lasted for approximately 10 minutes, before the suspects, who were wearing balaclavas, made off in a waiting charcoal grey Audi car.
The occupants of the home were not injured and did not require medical treatment.
An investigation is ongoing and police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective sergeant Graham McAdam said: “Thankfully the family were unhurt during this incident but if the accelerant had been ignited, lives could have been lost.
“The motive for this attack has still to be established, however, whether targeted or not, the level of malice and disregard for the family and neighbours is shocking.
“Officers are in the area today and checking CCTV as well as speaking to residents but we are also keen to hear from anyone who has any details about this attack that will assist our investigation.
“The men were at the address for around 10 minutes, so I have absolutely no doubt that people would have seen or heard what happened – especially the attack on the car.
“The Audi car used by the attackers has since been found burnt out a short distance away on Murdostoun North and South Road, Cleland. We believe the men drove off from Innerleithan Road, along Coltness Road, Bellside Road across the A73 at Bellshide roundabout and onto Murdostoun North and South Road.
“If you were in the area and have dash-cam footage then we would ask that you contact police as soon as possible.”
If you have any information contact police on 101.