Burglary victims suffer serious burns after being sprayed with toxic substance

Detectives  investigating three burglaries, where the victims were threatened with a noxious substance, are appealing for information.

The first incident happened on Monday, 12 December at around 8am, in Lynford Gardens, Ilford.

The suspect gained entry to the property using a screwdriver and sprayed one of the occupants, a 62-year-old man, in the face with a noxious substance believed to be ammonia.

Upon leaving the property, he then sprayed a woman – whose vehicle he attempted to steal – with the substance. He is believed to have driven away in a black Toyota.

The following day, Tuesday, 13 December, a man gained entry to a flat in Green Lane, Ilford, at around 10pm.

The intruder threatened the occupant, a 30-year-old woman, with a screwdriver and a white container of an unknown substance. He stole a small amount of cash and two bank cards.

Later that night, at around 10:40pm in Westwood Road, Ilford, a woman in her late 60s awoke to find an unknown man in her bedroom.

He punched the woman and threw a noxious substance over her body before fleeing.

The victim suffered burn injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspect fled with two mobile phones and a bracelet.

Detectives believe the three burglaries are linked and want the public’s help to find the person responsible.

The suspect is described as 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.

Detective Sergeant Brett Hagen, of Redbridge CID, leading the investigation, said: “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.”

If you have any information that could assist the investigation, please call Redbridge CID on 020 8345 2721. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

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