Police are appealing for witnesses after a man walked into a shop in central Belfast and set it on fire.

The incident happened a short time before 1pm on Friday in the Donegall Street area.

Police received a report of a man entering a premises, pouring out a flammable substance, and then setting it alight.

The suspect made off on foot.

Three people were in the store at the time of the incident.

Although no one was injured, all three were left badly shaken.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: “It is believed this man purchased petrol from a filling station on Clifton Street before making his way to Donegall Street. Did you see him or do you have any information that could assist with our enquiries? If so, please call detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 540 23/02/18.”

The public can also give information anonymously by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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