Crime & the Law

Detectives investigating industrial estate arson in Erith issue CCTV picture

Yarnton Way Industrial estate damage from MPS helicopter

Aerial view of the damage cause to Yarnton Way Industrial estate in Erith as a result of the arson attack on Saturday morning. Image: @MPSinthesky

Detectives investigating the arson attack which destroyed part of an industrial Estate in Erith have asked the public to help identify a man caught on CCTV in camouflage clothing.

The blaze at Yarnton Way during the early hours of Saturday morning caused explosions, flames and plumes of smoke that could heard and seen for miles.

Officers have identified a man recorded on CCTV who was at the scene of the fire shortly before it began.

CCTV picture of man at Yarnton Way industrial estate fire before it began.

Met Police detectives in Bexley wish to identify and speak this this man at the scene of Erith fire before it broke out. Image: Met Police

He’s described as white and is believed to be in his early 20s.

He was wearing distinctive camouflage clothing and a camouflage hat.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes of Bexley Police said:

I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man in this footage to contact police, or Crimestoppers anonymously.

I am sure that someone will know who he is. I would also ask, does anyone know or remember anyone of this description – wearing camouflage clothing – on Friday night into Saturday morning in Erith or the local area?

He also urged the man seen in the footage to come forward and speak with police: ‘Thankfully, no one was hurt but the fire has caused vast damage in the area.’

The fire required 15 engines and around 100 firefighters to bring under control over two and a half hours.

There were no reported injuries.

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