North East Wales

Wrexham couple offer £5,000 launderette arson reward

The Ronor launderette in Johnstown, Wrexham
Image caption The launderette suffered extensive damage and is boarded up

A couple have offered a £5,000 reward after their launderette was targeted in a suspected arson attack.

Ronor Launderette in Johnstown, Wrexham, has been closed since the incident on 30 September.

Owner Janet Levy, 60, and her husband Graham, 63, have offered the money for the offenders' arrest and conviction because they do not want anyone else going through the same ordeal.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 if in Wales.

Ms Levy said: "We were away at my mother-in-law's funeral when someone broke in the back window and poured petrol before lighting it.

"It's absolutely awful. It's taken me 24 years to build up this business, and five minutes for someone to break it down.

"I would have been retiring in a few years, but now my pension pot is gone.

"We're offering this money for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators."

'Stress'

Ms Levy said the launderette was targeted in an arson attack nine weeks before the incident in September, but no significant damage was caused.

They also suffered an armed robbery last year, she said.

Ms Levy said her insurers were considering the case, and she was still deciding whether to continue with the launderette.

She added: "I really miss the people and I'm sure they miss me.

"I can't take this stress again."

North Wales Police confirmed the incident was being treated as suspected arson.

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