Liverpool

Anfield newsagents arson attack was 'hate crime'

A fire in a Liverpool newsagents shop started by two men, which left the owner with burns to his hands and arms, was a "hate crime", police have said.

The fire at Robinson News on Priory Road, Anfield at about 21:00 BST on Saturday left the shop and the flat above "significantly damaged".

The 48-year-old shopkeeper was taken to hospital with "serious injuries".

Police said the arson could be linked to a fight between two customers in the shop earlier this week.

Det Ch Insp Andy O'Connor said two men had verbally abused the shop owner before "throwing what is thought to have been an accelerant into the shop".

They are both described as being about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall and wearing dark clothing.

He added the resident of the flat had escaped the fire without injury.

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