A car wash in South Tyneside is getting back into business – cleaning vehicles just 24 hours after racist arsonists burned part of it to the ground.
Bubbles car wash, next to Simonside Social Club, in Winskell Road, South Shields, had its cabin torched at 1am on Tuesday.
Yobs also spray-painted a number of racist graffiti slogans around the site, and suggested that the business was funding the terrorist organisation ISIS.
Keith Mensforth runs Simonside Social Club and had rented the site to Krosh Salihi to set up the car wash a fortnight ago to help boost revenue for the club.
However, just 24 hours after the attack, which Northumbria Police are now investigating, Krosh and his workmate Twana Kalid are back in business.
Keith said: “The lads are trying to get the site all back to normal and they’re getting a new cabin installed.
“Some cars did turn up yesterday and they made sure they were washed. They wouldn’t dream of turning them away. We reckon by Tuesday everything will be officially back to normal.
“We’ve had a lot of support. People have even been driving past, tooting their horns and giving Krosh the thumbs-up.”
Keith said he’s also been out visiting neighbours whose properties back on to the site to reassure them.
He added: “I’ve personally been out to reassure neighbours who are understandably concerned, nobody should have to live in fear that their house might catch fire.
“But it’s also not Krosh’s fault either. The lads are just trying to make an honest living. They didn’t ask for any of this.
“The new cabin will be fireproof and we’re also going to move it further over.”
Anyone with information can call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 36 241115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.