First France, then Sweden, now Britain? A serial arsonist who has targeted cars just yards from a primary school, houses and a mosque is being hunted by police after a spate of seemingly random attacks.
Daily Mail (h/t TerryD) The man was caught on CCTV dousing a car in Tower Hamlets, East London with an accelerant before igniting it with a lighter and leaving the black vehicle in a fireball on Friday.
A similar attack took place in Duckett Street in the same borough days earlier, with a similar result.
Residents in nearby streets within a 500-yard radius have reported similar incidents in the past few days, with up to six attacks reported since the turn of the year.
Father-of-four Muazzam Hussain, 48, described a ‘horrible’ attack outside his home to the Evening Standard. He said: ‘We thought the whole building was burning. We were lucky no one was killed but it has happened twice now.
Police said they were ‘keeping an open mind to possible links’ amid speculation that the incidents could be both connected and Muslim crime gang related. One theory is that the cars were used in crimes and the arsonist is destroying any possible forensic evidence.