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Car fire in Arboretum area of Nottingham believed to be arson attack

Nottinghamshire Police has released an image of a man they want to trace in connection with an arson attack on a car.

A passer-by was leaving on his way to work when he smelt smoke.

As he walked further down Ayr Street, the Arboretum, he noticed the car was alight and emergency services were called to the scene.

The fire was extinguished but the car had been significantly damaged and had to be recovered.

It is reported that a man had attempted to get into a number of cars in the area earlier that same morning. He is then believed to have gained access to the boot of this particular car just moments before the fire is thought to have started.

Police have now released an image of a man they believe could help them with their investigation into the incident, which happened at around 6.15am on Monday 17 May 2021.

PC Omar Elgaziari, investigating the incident, said: “A young man has been left without his car, which for many is an essential lifeline to go about daily tasks.

“The disruption to daily life, as well as the financial repercussions of having your car damaged, means that incidents such as this can have a huge impact on victims. We are working to investigate the incident as well as proactively patrolling and engaging with locals.

“We believe the man in the image could help us with our investigation into this incident and we would urge anyone who recognises him to get in touch.”

Anyone who recognises the man or anyone with further information is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 79 of 17 May 2021.