Police are hunting for two men after an arson attack on a newsagents in Withington on Sunday night.

The two had walked into a newsagent’s shop on Burton Road carrying fireworks, which they lit and threw inside.

The sparks from these lit fireworks turned into patches of fire throughout the store, causing extensive damage.

Police have now released two images of men they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Chris Clarke of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “The fire trapped the people working in the store, forcing them to jump over the counter and run to safety.

“We are treating this as an arson and have launched an appeal in the hope of gaining more information.

“We’ve released images of two men we wish to speak to in connection with the incident and would ask anyone who can help identify them to please get in touch with police.

“Similarly, if you heard the fireworks or a disturbance in this area at the time, I’d ask you to share any information with us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3971 or 101, quoting incident number 2389 of 29/10/17. This can also be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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