Thieves set four cars alight during Harold Hill police chase

Car thieves caused four cars to catch fire in a Harold Hill street around 3am this morning as they fled from police.

Two men in hooded tops broke in to a house in Honeysuckle Close to take keys so that they could steal a silver Ford Mondeo.

But a resident heard them and called police, who were quickly on the scene.

The thieves then set light to the Mondeo in nearby Pimpernel Way, causing three other cars – a silver Ford Ka, a silver Saab and a black BMW – to also catch fire.

Police chased the men on foot, using a dog search unit, while a helicopter circled the scene to provide support.

Crews from Harold Hill station put the fires out.

One suspect was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. He was questioned and bailed while police continue their enquiries.

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Another is still at large. He is described as being about 5ft 9ins, and was wearing a hooded top.

If anyone has any information about the incident they should call Havering Police on 0300 123 12 12.