A MURDER conspiracy accused Greenock man arrested in connection with an alleged petrol bombing has been released on bail.

Lee Heron, 23, appeared at the sheriff court charged in relation to a targeted attack on a house in Larkfield and was allowed back onto the streets within minutes.

It is alleged that Heron — who is the seventh man to be charged over a spate of alleged wilful fire-raisings in Greenock last year, some pictured — was involved in a conspiracy to murder the occupants of a property on Cumberland Road.

Attempted murder accused Kieran McAnally, 24, was in court last November charged with carrying out a petrol bombing at the house — whilst 'acting with others' — on September 19 last year.

The charge against McAnally alleged that he 'did wilfully set fire to cloth within glass bottles containing accelerant, commonly known as a petrol bomb'.

It is claimed that he threw a lit missile at the house in an attempt to kill people inside.

His court appearance came just days after another alleged petrol bomber, Craig MacFarlane, 25, was locked up over a claimed attack at a house on Greenock's Union Street on July 13 last year.

A number of homes were targeted in an outbreak of violence which is believed to be the product of a feud between criminal parties known to police.

Petrol bomber George Miller, 46, died after accidentally torching himself last September at the same house on Union Street that MacFarlane is accused of attacking.

Eamonn Magee, 20, appeared in court last week charged with conveying Miller to the property and supplying him with crack cocaine and petrol.

The Crown says he conspired with jailed man Robert Warnock, 24, MacFarlane, 25, and the now-deceased Miller to murder a man and a woman within the Union Street house

A flat on Wellington Street — with a young girl inside — was also targeted with Molotov cocktails last year.

The child's mother was left badly burned as a result.

A firestarter deliberately torched a property at Kincaid Court and residents had to be evacuated.

A total of seven men — Heron, Warnock, Magee, MacFarlane, McAnally, Brendan O'Donnell, 22, who is co-accused of MacFarlane in relation to the July attack at Union Street, and another 25-year-old — have all been charged in relation to the petrol bombings.

Conspiracy-accused Heron appeared in private on petition at the sheriff court and made no plea to the charge against him.

The case has been committed for further examination and a date for his next appearance on the matter is to be confirmed.

Detective Superintendent Gerry McBride said after Heron's arrest: "Enquiries remain ongoing and I would continue to urge anyone with information to contact police."