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Neighbours escape double attack

Two sets of neighbours had a lucky escape after one house was petrol bombed and a shot fired through next door's front window.

Six people including three young children were sleeping when a flaming milk bottle was thrown through their living room window in Stepney, east London.

The incidents early on Thursday followed an argument between a cyclist outside the firebombed house and a driver who reportedly threatened to shoot him, the Metropolitan Police said.

According to the force, the cyclist was getting on his bike when a black VW Golf collided with him and knocked him down just before midnight on Wednesday, grazing his leg.

The pair clashed, with the driver suffering a cut head and the police being called. But tempers calmed down and the driver - described as black and in his late 20s/early 30s - left the scene.

Two and a half hours later a gunshot was heard, shortly before the petrol bomb was thrown through the house in Antill Terrace.

Sleeping upstairs were a couple and three boys aged one month, three and five. The three year old suffers from cerebral palsy.

A relative - a 24-year-old man - was also sleeping downstairs in the lounge where the bottle was thrown.

Firefighters were called to put out the blaze and no-one was injured.

Police called to investigate found a bullet hole in next door's front window, and a round on the floor. The occupant was also unharmed.

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