'Petrol bomb attack' destroys Walsall dessert shop

An elderly lady was rescued as a shop went up in flames after a suspected petrol bomb attack in Walsall.

Inside the ruined Sweet Treat shop, left, and the burnt-out car, right
Inside the ruined Sweet Treat shop, left, and the burnt-out car, right

Neighbours rushed to help the 78-year-old, who made a desperate bid to escape as a dessert shop next door to her home was set on fire.

The woman managed to get out safely but neighbouring Sweet Treat was completely gutted by the blaze.

The aftermath of the fire at Sweet Treat on Lord Street

Police have launched an investigation into the attack on on Lord Street, Palfrey, which is being treated as arson.

Witnesses described seeing a group of men set fire to the shop minutes after it closed at 10pm on Saturday.

A petrol bomb was reportedly thrown through the window, while a BMW outside was also torched.

The BMW was torched while it was parked outside the shop

A resident, who did not want to be named, told how the elderly woman was rescued from the house next door.

She said: "Luckily, one of the neighbours saw the fire and started knocking on the door, they saw her from the window.

"They came across the road, banged on the glass and took her out."

Police said the suspects had been spotted on CCTV running away from the shop towards Queen Mary Street and have called for anyone with information to come forward.

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