Police appeal for witnesses after man set alight in Ealing

Image above: West London Islamic Centre in West Ealing

82 year old victim survived but has suffered “severe burns”

Police detectives have released an image of a man they want to speak to after an 82-year-old man was set alight in Ealing on Monday, 27 February.

The incident occurred at about 8.00pm after the suspect started a conversation with the victim outside of the West London Islamic Centre on Singapore Road, W13.

They spoke for about five minutes, then the suspect doused the victim in a liquid, thought to be petrol, before setting him alight with a lighter. The suspect then walked away.

The victim was taken to hospital where he received treatment for “severe burns” to his face and arms.

Image above: If you recognise this man, contact the police

Police urge witnesses and those with information to come forward

Detective Sergeant Steven Constable, said:

“I know this will be an incredibly shocking incident for the community and we are carrying out a full investigation into what happened. Understandably, there is a great deal of local concern in the wake of this incident and local officers have been carrying out reassurance patrols daily at the mosque.

“We are continuing to work alongside the West London Islamic Centre who have been very supportive of our investigation and have been assisting us with our enquiries.

“A key part of that is identifying the man in the image we have released. If you recognise this man I would urge you to get in touch, either directly with police or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers. I would also urge anyone who witnessed this incident and has not yet spoken to police to please get in touch.”

If you recognise the man in the image or have any other information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 and give reference 6422/27FEB.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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