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Fundraising appeal to help repair shop after arson attack

A fundraising appeal has begun online to help a man whose Halal meat shop was badly damaged in a petrol bomb attack.

The damage caused after the arson attack Credit: ITV News Central / Steve Clamp

CCTV footage shows the suspect moments before the attack on Monday 27 June in Wednesbury Road.

Police say they don't believe the attack was racially motivated, and no-one has been arrested.

The fundraising page was set up by a man who lives opposite the store. He says the owner is "very shaken and troubled by the incident".

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Council leader expressed concern at 'notable increase in tension' in borough

The leader of Walsall Council expressed concern at a "notable increase in tension" in the borough over the last few days.

Council leader expressed concern at 'notable increase in tension' in borough Credit: ITV News Central

Councillor Sean Coughlan said:

Walsall has a long and proud history of harmony between communities and this has served us well and will continue to do so.

I call upon all political and religious community leaders and the residents of Walsall to use their influence to maintain our high values of understanding, unity and harmony that we all hold dear.

– Councillor Sean Coughlan

Petrol bomb thrown at Walsall shop worker

Police are investigating after a Walsall shop worker had a petrol bomb

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The incident took place at a Halal butchers in Wednesbury Road in Pleck at 5.25pm yesterday.

A man, described as white, 6ft tall and wearing a blue jacket, went into the store and threw the bottle at a member of staff inside the shop. The bottle struck the man causing bruising, some fire damage was caused to the shop after the bottle ignited.

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The incident is being investigated by officers as they make inquiries and examine CCTV footage. Local officers will also be in the community to carry out patrols to re-assure people.

The inquiry is at an early stage and I am keeping an open mind as to the motive. The man was not seriously injured, but it could have been much more serious.

I am appealing for anyone with information or anyone who saw what happened to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Inspector Greg Evans, from Force CID
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