Police release CCTV of suspect after stolen car is torched in Ilford

The Met has released CCTV of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the torching of a stolen car in Ilford.

At 11.59pm on Thursday, May 23, 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 9.23pm and being parked on the pavement. The driver was seen to leave the car and walk off down the road. A few minutes later the suspect came back and then walked down the road past the car until he disappeared.

He re-appeared at 10.12pm 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 black man, wearing a dark colour bomber jacket, grey t-shirt and blue jeans.

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.

Mick Ferris

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