Arson attacks said to be anti-Semitic hate crimes carried out in Prestwich

Arson attacks said to be anti-Semitic hate crimes carried out in Greater Manchester

Two arson attacks have taken place in Greater Manchester (Stock image)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Two arson attacks believed to be anti-Semitic hate crimes have been carried out in Prestwich.

Both attacks took place at restaurants and it is thought that the two attacks are linked, Greater Manchester Police said.

The first attack took place on June 2 at Ta’am Restaurant. Two people approached the building and threw a milk carton filled with petrol and a lit piece of cloth inside.

However, the petrol did not ignite before one of the perpetrators smashed a window with a large stone.

The second arson attack took place on June 6 in the early hours of the morning J S Restaurant.

Attackers forced a window open and poured accelerant inside before lighting it.

The emergency services were informed of the fire and the fire service were able to put it out before it caused any major damage.

No one was injured in either of the incidents and both restaurants were closed at the time.

Police have released images of people they want to speak to in relation to the arson attacks. The motive for the incidents are not yet clear.

Those with information are asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 206 06/06/17. Alternatively you can make anonymous contact with independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.