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Investigation into arson attacks in Prestwich


 

Detectives have released images as part of their investigation into two arson attacks at restaurants in Prestwich.

The first incident happened at Ta’am Restaurant on Bury New Road shortly before midnight on Friday 2 June 2017 when two offenders approached and threw a milk carton filled with petrol and a lit rag at the premises.

The makeshift petrol container failed to ignite before one of the offenders threw a large stone at the front window, smashing it in the process

The second happened at around 3:30am on Tuesday 6 June when the offenders approached J S Restaurant on Kings Road and forced open a window before pouring accelerant inside and lighting it.

The fire service was called and was able to put the fire out before any serious damage could be done to the property

On both occasions the restaurants were closed and no-one was injured in either of the attacks.

Police in Bury have launched an investigation and detectives believe the attacks are linked and are treating them as anti-Semitic hate crimes; however, the motive for the attacks is not clear.

Images have now been released of two people police want to speak to in connection with the attacks.

Detective Chief Inspector Charlotte Cadden of GMP’s Bury Borough said “Our investigation is progressing and we have now released images of two people we want to speak to in connection with the arson attacks.

“From the images it isn’t clear how old they are but we believe they are two males and I’m hoping that they jog someone’s memory or that someone recognises the clothes they were wearing.

“We are also appealing to a woman to come forward as a potential witness. She has shoulder length brown hair and carrying a bag or possibly a parcel under her right arm, was walking near to the Mountheath Industrial estate a few minutes before the attack at Ta’am restaurant. She may be able to help us and I would ask that if you are her, you contact us.

“We are working alongside the Community Security Trust and if anyone in the area has concerns, I would urge you to come and talk to us.

“If you have any information about the attacks, no matter how small, I would urge you to get in touch, as you may have information that could help us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 206 06/06/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Hate crime will not be tolerated, and all reports will be taken seriously. You can either report this to the police, a third party reporting centre or to an external agency, such as True Vision or the Community Security Trust (CST).

Anyone who wants to report a hate crime or incident can call 101 (or 999 in an emergency) or online through the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk.

© Greater Manchester Police 2017