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Reward offered following arson attack at Ice cream Factory

Ice cream bosses are offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the the successful conviction of arsonists responsible for Christmas Eve attacks on a shop and warehouse in Bradford.

Paul Morris, operation director at Icestone Gelato, said the devastating fires in Great Horton Road and at the factory unit in Springmill Street, West Bowling, currently being investigated by police, had left the business with a £1m bill.

He claimed the motive behind the attacks was jealousy because the business was a growing success having opened the latest of its seven shops in Liverpool this summer.

“The fires cost £500,000 in damage and it will cost a further £500,000 to refurbish the shop and get the factory warehouse back on its feet,” he said.

The Great Horton Road premises was the company’s first shop and until only a couple of months ago its cellar was used to make the gelato.

Mr Morris said: “We are offering £50,000 to anyone who gives information to the police that successfully gets whoever was responsible convicted.

“What can we put it down to? Jealousy.”

Work on the Great Horton Road shop is due to start on Monday and demolition workers are set to start gutting the factory and distribution site in the next couple of weeks.

Mr Morris said a mother and her young children living in a flat above the shop fled for their lives when fire broke out shortly before 4am on Saturday.

And he said a lone worker in the factory was lucky to be alive after he heard a loud bang and hid upstairs in an office.

“He thought it was a burglar and ran upstairs to hide.

“Lucky for him our founder Mabhoob Hussain had been contacted by the police about the fire at the shop and was on his way but diverted to the factory when he saw flames.

“He managed to get the worker’s attention by shouting his name and told him to get out quick.”

Anyone with any information should contact Bradford District CID via 101 quoting log number 286 of December 24 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

Source: www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk - 30 December 2016