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Police investigate after vintage BMW is torched in Kentish Town

Officers investigate whether car fires are connected after Mini Cooper is also burned

01 March, 2017 — By William McLennan

The wreckage in Kelly Street

POLICE are hunting for a suspected arsonist in Kentish Town after two cars were set ablaze on one night

A vintage BMW was destroyed by flames in Kelly Street on Friday, while a second attempt to torch a Mini Cooper in Rochester Road proved unsuccessful.

The two car fires are being investigated as suspected arson by police, but the cases have not yet been formally linked and are not thought to be related to the blazes on Monday. Both cars were soft-tops and it is thought a suspect cut open the fabric roofs before setting the vehicles alight.

Rebecca Armstrong, whose Mini Cooper was damaged, said: “It turned out some lads had seen the car go up on Kelly Street, they’d taken a video of it and called the police. The Kelly Street car was way worse than mine. Mine was caught much earlier. It looks like they slashed the back of the roof and then set fire to the boot.”

She added: “I had heard there’d been a couple of car arsons in the area as well, one in Tufnell Park and one in Hawley Crescent.”

A police spokesman said: “The two car fires have not been linked yet, but are being looked at.”

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