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Watch as man flees Stechford street before car explodes in tenth arson attack this year

This is the moment a man is seen running away moments before a Toyota bursts into flames in a Birmingham street – in the TENTH arson attack this year.

CCTV caught the figure sprinting from the scene in Giles Close, Stechford, shortly after midnight on Sunday (May 14) where a Toyota was set alight.

A resident captured the moment the car bursts into flames and is totally set alight, before a fire crew arrives and extinguishes it.

Police and the fire service attended the blaze shortly after midnight, the latest in a string of similar attacks in the same cul-de-sac.

A resident captured footage of the Toyota ablaze after being deliberately set alight in Giles Close, Stechford, the latest in a string of similar incidents

A Peugeot 308 set ablaze a week earlier at around 11.45pm on Saturday, May 8. And a week before that a car is turned into an inferno shortly after midnight on Saturday, May 1.

Fed up residents have said in total 10 cars have been set alight including an Audi A4; BMW; Ford Focus and a Citreon Berlingo van, with the first incident on December 30 last year and several in January.

They have said they will ‘turn vigilante’ to find the culprit. All the incidents have been on a Friday or Saturday night.

A resident told BirminghamLive: “I think there were about five in January and my Citroen Berlingo van was the last vehicle to be attacked back then.

“There have been three since the beginning of May and my friend has now lost two cars. A Peugeot last week and her loan car that went up last night. The person responsible needs to be caught.”

West Midlands Fire Service said it received a call at 12.08am on Sunday (May 16). A spokesman for the brigade said: “We sent a fire engine from Sheldon. It was a Toyota car and it was 100 per cent involved in fire which is believed to be arson. The police were informed and requested.”

Damaged cars on Giles Close

In response to the latest incident a spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “We’re investigating after a car was deliberately set on fire in Giles Close, Birmingham just before 12.15am this morning (16 May).

“There have been previous car fires in the same street earlier this year.

“We recognise the impact that incidents like this have on the people affected and those living nearby.

“Enquires are ongoing, including a CCTV trawl and forensic examination of the car and scene.

“Local neighbourhood officers will increase reassurance patrols in the area, please do speak to them if you have any concerns.

“We’re also working with our colleagues at the fire service to try and determine why this is happening and who is responsible.”

The spokeswoman continued: “We’d urge anyone who has any information about what happened last night, or any of the previous incidents from January, to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

“Fortunately no one has been injured, but fires are extremely dangerous. The behaviour of those responsible is illegal and completely reckless.

“If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or know who may be responsible, please contact us via live chat on our website or call 101. Please quote crime reference number 20/765684/21.

“Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.”

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