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Det chief superintendent John Thompson
"We have made appeals for witnesses"
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Friday, 29 June, 2001, 06:49 GMT 07:49 UK
Police probe bomb attacks

Lancashire Police are investigating several petrol bomb attacks which took place in Accrington on Thursday night.

Cars, businesses and a school were damaged, and police are treating one of the incidents as a racist attack.

Officers want to speak to two young Asians seen running from the scene of the first attack, when minor damage was caused to a car in Gloucester Avenue.

Accrington is just five miles from Burnley, where three days of racial unrest involving Asian and white youths began last weekend.


It is highly likely that these crimes are isolated to a small number of people

DCS John Thompson
Divisional commander
Three more petrol bomb attacks occurred in Accrington later on Thursday evening.

Emergency services were called out just after 2000BST to deal with a fire at Central Cars in Hyndburn Road, in which one vehicle was destroyed and two others were severely damaged.

Another incendiary device caused minor damage to the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School on Bradshaw Row, when it was thrown through a classroom window.

A third petrol bomb was thrown near the Glynn Webb DIY store in Oxford Street, but caused no damage.

Divisional commander, Detective Chief Superintendent John Thompson, said: "Two Asian young people were seen in the vicinity of the first incident and it is being treated as racially motivated."

He said police were linking that incident to the later attacks and the car showroom fire.

He said: "It is highly likely that these crimes are isolated to a small number of people but we are unsure of the motive. All the incidents are being fully investigated."

Detectives have appealed for any witnesses to contact police in Blackburn with information.

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