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Detectives baffled over petrol bomb attack on pub.

DETECTIVES investigating a firebomb attack on a Coventry pub say they are keeping an open mind about the motive.

The landlord of the Three Horseshoes pub in Foleshill Road, Foleshill, his wife and guests had a lucky escape when a petrol bomb was thrown through a window at 11.30pm on Monday.

Fire tore through the bar and a tragedy was only averted when a guest who was staying at the pub raised the alarm.

Today police appealed for help tracing the arsonists.

DC Tony Crisp, of Stoney Stanton Road police's CID, said: "Somebody has smashed the 3ft by 2ft window into the ground-floor lounge and put in a lighted bottle containing some sort of substance.

"They have started a fire, and it's caused considerable damage to the bar area, but fortunately the manager and his family were in another part of the pub and nobody was injured.

"If anybody been in the room or in the vicinity, it could have been quite serious."

He said police were keeping an open mind about the motive to the attack on the pub, which is next to Foleshill fire station.

Yesterday firefighters said the landlord and a guest tried to tackle the blaze but cleared out when they were unable to hold back the flames. Firefighters were on the scene within minutes but were unable to prevent extensive damage to the bar.

DC Crisp said: "We are looking for anyone who was in that area, who saw anybody walking off or driving off, or anyone with any information, to contact us on 0845 113 5000."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 14, 2004
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