4 automobiles have been torched in a stunning racist assault at a automotive storage in Midlothian.
Police are investigating a hate crime after a number of automobiles have been set on hearth and racist graffiti was left scrawled on the partitions at Loanhead Automobile Gross sales in town’s Clerk Road.
Emergency providers rushed to the scene at round 5.10am on Saturday, March 13, after the alarm was raised.
Devastated proprietor Rajvir Singh advised Edinburgh Stay two of his automobiles have been melted and at the moment are written off, and an extra two have been broken past restore.
He mentioned: “I obtained a phonecall at about 5am to say there’d been a hearth. I solely stay ten minutes away however after I obtained there all of the police and hearth engines have been already there.
“4 of the automobiles have been set on hearth and one other three have been broken with racist messages, saying ‘paki’ and all that.
“It is actually unhealthy, particularly because it was racist. We have been right here for the final 5 years, so for one thing like this to occur may be very disappointing.
“I’ve misplaced 4 automobiles, and that is some huge cash, particularly proper now.”
The automobiles set alight have been a BMW 1 Sequence, two Ford Transits and a Vauxhall Astra. Rajvir estimates the worth of the harm brought on to be in extra of £30,000.
Police say there have been no stories of any accidents following the incident, however they’re interesting for anybody with info to get in contact.
Detective Constable John Lumsden of Dalkeith CID mentioned: “On account of racist graffiti on the automobiles, we’re presently treating this as a hate crime.
“I’m interesting to anybody who could have been driving within the space on the time of the incident to get in contact if they’ve any info or dash-cam footage which can help with our investigation.
“We’re additionally eager to talk to anybody who was within the space or who witnessed the fireplace.”
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Anybody with any info is requested to contact 101, quoting incident quantity 0663 of March 13, 2021. Alternatively, name Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 the place info will be given anonymously.