Police are appealing for information after two arson attacks at restaurants in Prestwich in the last few days.
The first incident happened at Taam Restaurant on Bury New Road shortly before midnight on Friday 2 June 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 initial enquiries suggest the attacks are linked; however, the motive for the attacks is not clear.
Detective Chief Inspector Charlotte Cadden of GMP’s Bury Borough said “Thankfully no-one was injured in either attack, but we are treating these as anti-semitic hate crimes.
“This is clearly very worrying for businesses and people living in the area and I want to offer you my assurances that we have increased patrols in the area and have a team investigating these linked crimes”
“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.”
Amanda Bomsztyk, CST Northern Regional Director stated “CST thanks the Police and fire service for their response to these incidents. We ask our community to be calm, vigilant and to report suspicious, criminal or antisemitic behaviour to GMP and CST.”