Shocking CCTV footage shows pair set fire to car in random arson attack on Sunderland street

CCTV cameras have caught the moment two people walked up to a car and set it alight in an unprovoked arson attack.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 9:23 am
Updated Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 6:21 pm

Graham Burlison watched on in horror as flames tore through the front of his Mercedes Benz when the car was targeted in an arson attack.

Footage shows two people, wearing hoodies, walking up to the car on Bradshaw Street, in the Town End Farm area of Sunderland, and setting it alight.

The fire-starting pair then run from the scene as flashes of flames light up the street.

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Graham's car was destroyed in the fire on Bradshaw Street, Sunderland

The 25-year-old owner says he was alerted to the arson attack a minute after it started.

His car was destroyed in the blaze which happened at 8.20pm on Sunday, February 16.

In complete shock, Graham said he rushed to try get a hose as fire crews arrived in a matter of minutes.

He said: “I personally didn’t see anything, I just heard screams “your cars on fire”.

CCTV footage shows the pair set the car alight

“So I ran down the stairs to get the hose pipe but the fire brigade arrived just as I got outside.”

Graham is asking anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to the police.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 8.45pm on Sunday we were alerted by the fire brigade to a car fire on Bradshaw Street, Sunderland.

“Emergency services attended and the fire was extinguished. Nobody was injured.

“We are currently treating the cause of the fire as suspected arson. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 020827H/20.”