A Halal butcher shop in Walsall was petrol bombed but everyone managed to escape with minor injuries and bruising in what seems to be a Islamophobic incident.
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The Independent has reported a rise in ‘hate crimes’ and racial abuse being reported after the EU referendum.
A bottle containing accelerant was thrown directly at a worker in the the Kashmir Meat and Poultry Shop on Wednesbury Road, Walsall , at around 5:25pm Monday afternoon.
The victim escaped the attack with minor bruising but the shop burst into flames causing severe damage.
The attacker is described as a white male, 6ft tall and was wearing a blue jacket.
West Midlands Police are conducting door to door enquiries and checking local CCTV footage in the hope to track down the culprit. Police are also carrying out reassurance patrols in the community.
Police also said it is too early to determine if this incident will be treated as a ‘hate crime’ and are keeping an open mind to the motive.
Jamal Hussain, the owner of the Halal butcher’s, said: ‘Yesterday somebody came to the shop – and the workers inside saw they had made a petrol bomb.’
“They threw it in the shop and the fire started – the fire brigade and the police came.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.