Police are looking for a suspect they believe burned an elderly pensioner outside a west London mosque last month.
The Metropolitan Police have released CCTV images of the man, who allegedly doused an 82-year-old man with what is believed to be gasoline, before setting him ablaze with a match.
They also urged anyone who recognized the suspect to come forward.
The incident occurred on February 27, at around 20:00.
Detectives said the man engaged in conversation with the victim for about five minutes when the two left the West London Islamic Center on Singapore Road in Ealing before carrying out the attack.
CCTV images released by police of a man who is alleged to have set an 82-year-old victim on fire. Police are hunting for a man who viciously doused an elderly pensioner in gasoline and set him on fire outside the mosque they both attended.
Investigative officers have now released some of the suspect’s CCTV images from the mosque in hopes of identifying and apprehending the culprit
The couple talked for about five minutes outside the mosque before the attacker set the 82-year-old victim on fire – before simply walking away.
The man then walked away from the scene.
Meanwhile, the elderly man was taken to hospital, where he received treatment for severe burns to his arms and face.
Following up on this, the officer has now urged anyone to provide information, or who knows the suspect to contact the police.
Detective Sergeant Steven Constable said: ‘I know this is going to be a very shocking incident for the community and we are doing a full investigation into what happened.
‘Understandably, there has been a lot of local concern after this incident and local officers have been conducting daily security patrols of the mosque.
‘We are continuing to work closely with the Islamic Center of West London who have been very supportive of our investigation and have assisted us in our investigation.
“An important part of that is identifying the men in the images we’ve released.”
In urging the public to come forward, he said: ‘If you recognize this man, I would urge you to contact, either directly with the police or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers.
“I would also urge anyone who witnessed this incident and has not spoken to the police to get in touch.”
Anyone who recognizes the man or has further information is urged to contact police on 101 citing reference 6422/27FEB.
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