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Petrol attack terrifies residents

Police examine the scene of a petrol bomb attack at a Mitchell Park property. Picture: AAP Image/ Brenton Edwards
Police examine the scene of a petrol bomb attack at a Mitchell Park property. Picture: AAP Image/ Brenton Edwards

RESIDENTS in an Adelaide southern suburbs neighbourhood say they are living in fear after a house in their street was targeted in a petrol attack overnight.

They say the incident - in Alawoona Ave, Mitchell Park - is the latest in a string of violent altercations in the street.

Two occupants at the house heard loud knocking on their front door about 4.50am this morning.

A front window was then smashed and an arm came through and poured petrol inside the property.

The petrol did not ignite and no other items were left at the scene but three people were seen fleeing the area.

Crime Scene investigators have spent the morning examining the damage.

It is understood the incident followed another in which a baseball bat was used to smash another window at the property just days ago.

Those living in the street say the thoroughfare is riddled with drug issues and violence.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said she felt unsafe living in Alawoona Ave.

"I don't like it at all - it's uncomfortable," she said.

"Obviously they've done the wrong thing by somebody.

"It's probably just dangerous me even talking to you."

Another resident, who also asked not to be identified, said she felt "a bit scared" living in the street.

"It's a bit of a rough street with drug dealers, alcohol," she said.

"It used to be a quiet street but now it's gone bad.

"There's a lot of people walking around, swearing; a lot of arguments."

The neighbour said she kept to herself to avoid any trouble.

"I don't go out at night - I keep my house locked up and my gate closed," she said.

One person in the street declined to comment when approached by The Advertiser, saying it was "too dangerous" to speak to media about issues in the street.

Another said the latest incident had him on edge.

"I feel a little but unsafe because of what's happened," he said.

"(They should) just stop being stupid, just stop it."

In September 2016, a 62-year-old man was assaulted and robbed at his Alawoona Ave home after confronting an axe-wielding intruder.

The resident used his walking street to fend off the man, who was wearing a balaclava and was carrying a tomahawk.

The victim said the intruder demanded drugs and when he realised he did not have any, he left.

It was the third break-in at the house since the man moved there two years earlier.

Police ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the street at the time of the petrol attack to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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