Mum calls for community to pitch in and help after car wash destroyed in suspected race-hate arson attack

Community help at racist attack Bubble hand car wash next to Simonside Social Club, Winskell Road Simonside.''Lisa Collins with daughter Bethany, aged 15, and son Shay Collins, aged 13, from Mortimer Community College
Community help at racist attack Bubble hand car wash next to Simonside Social Club, Winskell Road Simonside.''Lisa Collins with daughter Bethany, aged 15, and son Shay Collins, aged 13, from Mortimer Community College

A South Tyneside mum is urging the community to help the vandalised car wash get back up and running.

Lisa Collins was horrified to learn that Bubbles car wash had been burned down and covered in racist graffiti.

The 39-year-old, who lives on the Simonside estate, turned up to the site last night with her children Shay, 13, and Bethany, 15.

Mrs Collins said: “I just thought it was disgusting. These lads are trying to make a living and this happens to them.

“Nobody should experience this.

“I wanted to show that South Shields people aren’t really like those who did this and offer my support.

“My children have many friends of all nationalities and religions and they also wanted to help because we’re all been upset by what’s happened.”

The council’s Handy Estate team was sent to removed the charred wood from the burnt-out cabin.

Mrs Collins is hoping that people could help Krosh Salihi rebuild his business.

She said: “Perhaps someone with spare timber could donate a few bits so we could make a new cabin for the lads? That would be wonderful.”