Mug Shot Of The Year: Cross-eyes give away London rioter Andrew Burls
MUG Shot of the Year features the face of Andrew Burls. He’s the cross-eyed arsonist who set fire to a knickers and bra shop during the August riots. Mr Burls was captured because he has a tendency to “go cross-eyed under stress“.
Burls, 23, set fire to Regens Lingerie Boutique in Rye Lane, Peckham, London. The fire on August 8, 2011, spread to a Post Office and other premises. Though disguised, Burls left his eyes on view. Those eyes were recorded on CCTV.
Says Acting Detective Sergeant Jim Woods, of Southwark Police:
“You can see on the video that he is cross-eyed. It was one of the strands I used to identify him.”
Rumours that Burls was aiming to set fit to a car on the other side of the road are unfounded and very possibly prejudiced agsint the Cross-Eyed Community.