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Appeal after car set on fire in Ilford

News   •   Sep 11, 2019 16:39 BST

Detectives are appealing for information following a car fire in Ilford.

To support this appeal, officers have released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the offence.

At 23.59hrs on Thursday, 23 May police were called to reports of a car on fire in Belgrave Road, Ilford.

CCTV footage caught a stolen blue Citroen car being driven to Belgrave Road at 21.23hrs on 23 May and being parked on the pavement. The driver was seen to leave the car and walk off down the road. A few minutes later, at 21.35hrs, the suspect came back and then walked down the road pass the car until he disappeared.

He then re-appeared at 22:12hrs, carrying an object in his hand. The suspect threw the object at the front window, attempting to break the glass. The object bounced back and fell to the floor. He picked up a rock from the ground and threw it at the window and kicked it with his foot. He then poured petrol, from a can, into the car and on the bonnet. He continued to pour petrol on the pavement, leaving a trail which he set alight. The suspect then disappeared down the road.

The suspect is described as a white man, wearing a dark colour bomber jacket, grey t-shirt and blue jeans.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone who recognises him or has any information is urged to contact police on via 101 quoting reference 9458/23MAY19. You can tweet information to @MetCC.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.