Dramatic CCTV footage shows car thief almost setting himself on fire as he torched stolen vehicle

Rebecca Speare-Cole
The thief nearly set himself alight: Met Police

Dramatic CCTV footage shows a car thief-turned-arsonist almost burning himself as he torched a stolen vehicle.

Met Police officers are appealing for information about the man, who was filmed just before midnight on May 23 in Ilford.

The thief was caught by a security camera parking the stolen blue Citroen car on the pavement on Belgrave Road before walking out of sight.

In the clip, he can be seen returning to break the car's window half an hour later.

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He then pours petrol inside and on the vehicle's bonnet, before setting the liquid alight.

This ignition resulted in two sizeable bursts of flame, which on the footage seem to engulf the thief.

He can then be seen fleeing the scene and leaving the car burning.

Police ask anyone who recognises the man to come forward and speak to them by calling 101 quoting reference 9458/23MAY19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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