Burglar armed with toxic liquid breaks into homes in east London

A burglar armed with a toxic liquid broke into three homes in east London stealing cash, jewellery and mobile phones. One woman in her 60s was taken to hospital suffering from burns after waking up to find a man in her bedroom.

Officers believe the three burglaries in Ilford, east London, are linked. They are looking for a white man, aged between 30 and 45 years, approximately 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket, blue jeans, and brown leather shoes.

These horrific burglaries have left the victims shaken and distressed, with two people suffering serious burn injuries after being sprayed with a noxious substance. We believe these three incidents are linked, and we appeal to the public for any information that will lead us to this dangerous offender.

– Detective Sergeant Brett Hagen, of Redbridge CID

Anyone with information can contact Redbridge CID on 020 8345 2721. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.