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More than £28k raised after Norwich European shop arson attack

The damaged shop in Norwich
Image caption Police said a brick was thrown through the window of the Village Shop in Magdalen Street

More than £28,000 has been raised after an Eastern European food shop in Norwich was damaged in an arson attack.

A brick was reportedly thrown through the window of the Village Shop, in Magdalen Street, and a small fire started in the early hours of Friday.

Police said they were keeping "an open mind" after suggestions it could have been racially motivated.

A crowdfunding appeal on the JustGiving website has so far raised £28,509.

Officers were called to the shop, which sells "Eastern European and British products", at about 03:00 BST.

'Really scared'

They said two people who were inside a flat attached to the shop at the time were unharmed, but that stock had been damaged and a window broken.

Maria Burgea, who works in the shop and was sleeping in the flat when the fire started, told the BBC via a translator she was "really, really scared".

The fundraising appeal was launched by Helen Linehan, who posted on the website: "While protesters rallied against Brexit in Norwich last night, an Eastern European food store was petrol-bombed.

"The owner was asleep upstairs with her daughter. She has no insurance. She could do with an act of kindness from her neighbours. Please donate. A small token will go a long way."

Det Insp Chris Burgess said: "We are aware of suggestions this may have been a racially motivated incident and whilst there is currently no information to suggest this to be the case we will of course keep an open mind."

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