Pictured: Man wanted in connection with arson attack on London Irish charity
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Pictured: Man wanted in connection with arson attack on London Irish charity

POLICE have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with an arson attack on a London Irish charity.

Ashford Place was left devastated after a man broke into its Cricklewood office and set fire to the building in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11.

Some 18 fire fighters were called in to fight the blaze and managed to restrict the damage.

But the building, which is used to provide some of the area’s most vulnerable people with hot meals and support, was left with “considerable damage", police said.

Detectives have now released CCTV images taken during the attack as they launch a public appeal for help finding the perpetrator.

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“The venue is occupied by a local charity providing a valuable community advice and support service to homeless people and the community,” said DC Carly Anthony from Brent CID.

He added: “We are determined to trace the person responsible for this despicable crime so I urge people to get in touch if they have information.”

Anyone who recognises the man or has any information about the incident is asked to call Brent Police on 101.

Members of the public can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org and are asked to quote reference 1903506/14.