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Ilford fatal tent fire: second man charged with murder

One man has died after suffering nearly 100% burns.

A second man has been charged with murder after two homeless people were set on fire near the A406 in Ilford. 

Police have charged a 37-year-old with murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates Court today. 

Yesterday, a 51-year-old man appeared at the same court charged with the same offences. He is due to appear at Central Criminal Court next Tuesday. 

Emergency services responded to a fire near the A406 in Ilford at around 23.45pm on Tuesday night.

They found two men living under tarpaulin on a temporary campsite constructed on scrubland which police suspect was home to a small number of people. 

Both were rushed to hospital but one victim who suffered nearly 100% burns died just hours after arriving at the Royal London Hospital.

The second man was taken to Broomfield Hospital where he remains in an induced coma and is in a critical condition. 

Enquiries are continuing to establish the cause of the fire, which is currently being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information should call 101 or the incident line number 020 8345 3865 quoting either Operation Rochefort or 9090/18JUN.


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