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[11 APR 00] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Nuneaton Store Hit By Arsonists

A hunt is on for arsonists who caused 50,000 damage to a Nuneaton supermarket last night.

Police are looking for a group of five teenagers seen hanging around the rear of the Co-op store in Abbey Street shortly before a blaze broke out.

The fire was spotted by patrolling officers at 10.20pm. The blaze was quickly put out but the flames caused a lot of damage.

Police say the fire started in a skip but then spread to a generator store and then to the main building.

Around 10,000 damage was caused to the building and 20,000 of stock was ruined. The cost of replacing the generators is also estimated at 20,000.

Shop managers say the food hall will not be open until repairs are complete.

Detectives investigating the case say there were four boys and a girl seen near the shop before the fire and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 01926 415000.
   
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