Walsall halal butchers shop arson 'not racial hate crime'
An arson attack at a halal butchers was not a racially or religiously-motivated hate crime, police have said.
A worker was left bruised and the store suffered fire damage in the incident on Wednesbury Road, Pleck, Walsall, at 17:25 BST on Monday.
West Midlands Police has released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.
Det Insp Greg Evans said early enquiries suggested the attack was "not based on the victim's membership of any ethnic group".
He said: "This was a shocking attack on a store in broad daylight and one which could easily have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities."
The CCTV footage shows a man igniting bottles of liquid at a bus shelter moments before they were hurled through the entrance.
Police said the suspect is believed to be a white man, about 6ft tall, who was wearing a distinctive two-tone blue jacket.