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CCTV shows moment man lights Melbourne train seats on fire

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The moment a man doused accelerant over seats on a Melbourne train and lit them on fire has been captured on CCTV as police search for the offender.

The moment a man doused accelerant over seats on a Melbourne train and lit them on fire has been captured on CCTV as police search for the offender.

Video shows the man pouring the liquid accelerant on three seats while the train is stopped at Laverton station, in the city's south-west, on March 16.

Police were told the man boarded the carriage on platform three and ignited the seats about 11.10am.

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The man then boarded the next Werribee-bound train and disembarked at Williams Landing.

"The fire caused damage to the seat and floor of the train which had to be removed from service to be repaired," Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson said.

"No one was injured during the incident."

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Transit Divisional Response Unit has appealed for any witnesses to come forward, releasing CCTV of the incident.

The wanted man is perceived to be caucasian in appearance, about 30 years old and 175cm tall.

He was wearing a dark cap and a grey hoodie.

Anyone who may have been in the area of Laverton station around the time, or recognises the man, is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/man-lights-melbourne-train-seats-on-fire-at-laverton-station/d1503a7e-7142-49e9-a2eb-1d3aa656ed08

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