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Friday, 28 September, 2001, 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK
'Race' attack on Indian restaurant
Police are investigating a petrol bomb attack on an Indian restaurant in Essex.

Two petrol bombs were thrown at the window of the Bekash Restaurant in Wickford.

Police said they were treating the attack as a racially motivated arson.

Five people inside the building at the time were all Muslims.

No-one was injured in the incident which happened just before 0100 BST on Friday.

Witness appeal

Police said double-glazing on the windows prevented serious damage.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "The people inside the restaurant were all Muslims and in the current climate, although we can't be 100% sure, we are looking at this as a racially motivated incident."

Detectives want to trace a man seen running away from the scene.

He is described as white, 5ft 7ins, with a medium build.

He was wearing a black top with a hood and black trousers.


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