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Police are investigating after a suspected arson attack at a restaurant in Whitefield, Bury on Friday.

The incident took place at Ta Am Deli, on Bury New Road, on the evening of Friday 6 May 2016 but was not reported until Saturday when the owner of the premises saw that his alarm had gone off.

Two offenders were seen approaching the premises and smashing a window to gain entry. The offenders then used petrol to set fire to the cooking surface causing scorching damage.

Officers have conducted extensive enquiries and the investigation remains ongoing. Police are keen to speak to anybody who was in the area on Friday and saw anything suspicious.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Kelly, of GMP’s Bury division, said: “We are keeping an open mind on the possible motivation for this incident but there is no evidence to suggest that it was racially motivated.

“The offenders appear to have gone to great lengths to do what they did and the owners were extremely lucky that more damage was not caused.

“Enquiries are ongoing and we are trying to establish the movements of the two offenders before and after the incident.

“Police patrols have been increased in the area and the victim has been given crime prevention advice.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.