Police hunt men after car is crashed into Doncaster shop front and set ablaze

Police are hunting two men after a car smashed into a Doncaster shop and was then set ablaze.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 11:24 am

Police and fire crews were called out to Thorne in the early hours of this morning – and discovered the vehicle in flames in what is understood to be a tanning salon.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 1am to reports of a collision in King Street, Thorne.

“It is reported that a car had crashed into a storefront. After the collision, two men got out of the vehicle and set the car alight before fleeing in a dark-coloured BMW.

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King Street in Thorne. The car was crashed into the shops on the left.

“Emergency services attended the scene and the fire was extinguished.

"The road was closed whilst they carried out their work.

“The car was recovered and the road re-opened at around 8:30am.

“Enquiries are ongoing to find those responsible.”

Footage from the scene and shared on social media shows flames leaping from the shop front, the middle of three retail premises on King Street, near to the old Darley brewery building.

A number of explosions can be heard coming from the shop.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “Three fire crews from Thorne and Doncaster stations were called out to a car fire which had gone into a shop

“The fire is believed to have been started deliberately. Crews left the scene at 2:40am.”

Anyone with information that might help police in their enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 39 of 4 May.