Police are appealing for witnesses after a tattoo studio was targeted by arsonists.
Firefighters were called to Acherontia Tattoo Studio in Hall Street, Burnley, at 7am today after it is believed accelerants were used to start a fire shortly after midnight.
Acherontia is a new studio and had been due to open today but smoke damage to the building has prevented it from opening as planned.
“I would like to reassure nearby businesses and shop workers that I believe this is an isolated targeted attack, deliberately planned to stop the tattoo studio opening today.
“Detectives from East CID have launched an investigation into the arson and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the offence or who may have information about the arson to come forward. I am also keen for anyone who works at a petrol station in the Burnley area and who has sold petrol in a jerry can to a customer significantly prior to the offence to contact the police.”
Anyone with any information should contact Burnley police on 101 quoting log 135/071014 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.