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Two homeless men targeted in arson attack still yet to be identified

METRO GRAB - Police don't know the identities of two homeless men who had their tent torched From @TfLTrafficNews/Twitter https://twitter.com/TfLTrafficNews/status/1141136199886757889 Murder detectives have appealed for help identifying two victims of a "horrific" suspected arson attack on a tent that left one of them dead and the other fighting for his life. A man in his 40s died and a second man of a similar age was left in a critical condition after a makeshift shelter they were living under in east London was allegedly torched late on Tuesday. The dead man suffered burns to nearly all of his body, while the second victim remains in an induced coma in hospital and may succumb to his injuries, police said. Two men have been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life in connection with the incident. Police are yet to confirm the identity of the victims and have appealed for the public's help in establishing who they are and how the fire started. "This was a horrific incident which has caused one man to lose his life, and may claim the life of another," Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to reports of a blaze on land next to the southbound carriageway of the A406 at around 11.45pm on Tuesday. Scotland Yard said a small number of people were living at the site and the man with "almost 100% burns" was found nearby. He was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, but died within hours of arrival. The second victim had managed to make it to the roadside and was taken to a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Essex, where he remains in intensive care. Police have been told the men may have worked as casual labourers in east London and detectives appealed for anyone who may have employed them to come forward. Mr Considine said: "We really need to hear from anyone who knows or think they may know either or both of these men to help us with our investigation. "I am particularly appealing to the East European community to come forward, as we think both men may be of Romanian origin. "We believe that the deceased man may have been called Majea or Manea, but we do not know if this is a first name, surname or even a correct name, while the second man in hospital in Essex might be called Pedro, or Petra, but again we can't be sure this is right." Mr Considine urged anyone with any relevant information, however insignificant, to contact police. Anyone with dashcam footage recorded in the area at the time of the incident was also asked to come forward. One of the suspects, a 37-year-old man is due to appear before Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Saturday, while a 51-year-old suspect appeared at the same court on Friday. Anyone with information was asked to call 101 or the incident line number 020 8345 3865 quoting either Operation Rochefort or 9090/18JUN

Their makeshift tent was set on fire this week (Picture: @TfLTrafficNews/ Twitter)

Police are still looking to identify two victims of a horrific arson attack in east London.

One man in his 40s died and the other is in a critical condition after the makeshift shelter they were living under was torched on Tuesday.

The second man is an induced coma in hospital and medics have warned he may succumb to his injuries.

Two men have been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life in connection with the incident.

One of the suspects, 37, is due to appear before Barkingside Magistrates Court on Saturday, while another, 51, appeared at the same court on Friday.

Officers are now appealing for anyone with information about the victims to come forward.

The two men are believed to be of Romanian origin and may have worked as casual labourers in east London.

Police don't know the identities of two homeless men who had their tent torched General View of North Circular Road, Wanstead

One man died and the other remains in intensive care (Picture: Google)

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: This was a horrific incident which has caused one man to lose his life, and may claim the life of another.

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