The people of what was known as a quiet residential area have expressed their shock and anger over a flaming car being left to burn in the early hours of the morning – for a second time in less than a year.

Police were called to Alders Avenue at the junction with Armstrong Avenue, Wood Green, at 3.17am on Tuesday after a car was found on fire.

Officers and the London fire brigade attended the scene.

The incident follows a similar torching of a car in Walthamstow last September.

Householders in the street were woken in the night by the sound of fire engines attending to the blaze.

The burnt out remains of the car were found later seen in the morning as they left their homes for work and school.

Some have expressed concerns that their previously, ‘nice area’ is becoming a bad one due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

They fear that this is due to area being quiet and ‘out of the way’ – so wrongdoers think that it will draw less attention.

One woman Kara Tsiaperas said: “We have been pushing to get a camera here – something that can be used as a deterrent –but authorities have so far said that they can’t afford one.

"You would think that with Waltham Forest winning the borough of culture there would be funds for something that would increase our security here.”

Residents say that they will continue in their efforts to get something done about the situation.

Police say the vehicle is believed to have been stolen from a residential address in Ilford the previous night.

There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The Met is committed to ensuring all Londoners feel safe in their neighbourhoods and would encourage anyone who has any concerns to speak to their local police."

Waltham Forest Council was contacted for comment.