Horror as OAP, 82, is doused in petrol and set on FIRE in the street – with cops launching urgent manhunt | The Sun

COPS have launched an urgent manhunt after a 82-year-old man was doused in petrol and set on fire in the street.

The Metropolitan Police were called to West London at around 8pm on February 27 after the elderly man suffered severe burns.

Police have now released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack, the Mirror reports.

The suspect doused the victim with a liquid believed to be petrol as they both left the West London Islamic Centre, before setting it alight with a lighter.

The OAP received hospital treatment for severe burns to his face and arms.

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.

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"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.

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He added: "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.”

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