Calls for more police after arson attack on restaurant

The Marisqueira restaurant
The Marisqueira restaurant
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A Portuguese restaurant was set alight by arsonists in a late night attack.

The Marisqueira restaurant on the corner of Cromwell Road and Russell Street in the city centre was set on fire last Thursday in the early hours, although nobody was inside at the time.

The fire hit the car park at the back of the restaurant and damaged windows and pipes.

The building’s owner Amjad Iqbal wants more police in the area with groups of youths said to be ‘doing drugs’ outside. His call was echoed by Claudia Santos (39) who runs the restaurant. She said she was “not surprised” to see the restaurant had been attacked and that anti-social behaviour was affecting the number of customers coming in.

Arsonists are said to have previously started a fire in the restaurant by throwing in a bottle of petrol.

Central Ward Cllr Mohammed Nadeem said: “We’ve got several issues in this area, particularly with drugs and alcohol related behaviour and fly-tipping. I’ve raised this with the council and police. We definitely need more police presence and CCTV.”

Cllr Mohammed Jamil, also of Central Ward, said: “This has been raised at the last three police panel meetings. The owner of the restaurant needs to be more responsbile. He could have security staff. The police do what they can but can’t be there all the time.”

A police spokesman said: “Police activity, such as operation CAN-do, are in place in central Peterborough to combat crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone with information on the arson should call 101.