Sleeping homeless people 'set on fire' in arson attacks in south London

DETECTIVES are investigating after homeless people sleeping rough in London were set on fire this week.

Cops are probing the sickening attacks on homeless victims in Croydon, South London, which left two men with minor burns.

The victims were torched as they slept less than half a mile from each other in the early hours of Monday.

Sleeping bags and other belongings were also set ablaze in the incident.

Police believe other homeless victims may have been set alight in the targeted attacks.


A 22-year-old man and 17-year old female were arrested by police on Wednesday.

The man was charged and is due to appear in court today with the female released on bail pending further enquiries.

A police spokesman said: “Officers in Croydon are investigating incidents this week in which one or more person set light to people sleeping rough.

“Detectives believe others may have been targeted and are appealing for any further victims and any witnesses to come forward.

“There were two such incidents reported in the area of George Street and Surrey Street in the early hours of Monday, 10 June.

“Two men were treated by the London Ambulance Service for minor burns. Sleeping bags or other property was set alight.

“At around 05:00hrs on Wednesday, 12 June, a man and a female were stopped by police on George Street in Croydon and arrested.

“The 22-year-old man [A] was later charged and is due to appear in court on Thursday, 13 June.

“The 17-year-old girl [B] was bailed until a date in July pending further enquiries.”

The two victims were torched in Croydon, South London, in the early hours of Monday
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