JS Restaurant in Prestwich, Manchester’s oldest kosher eatery, was set alight in an arson attack overnight. The motive is not clear, but it could be anti-Semitic in nature.

Fire services were called to JS Restaurant on Kings Road in the early hours of this morning according to the Manchester Evening News.

Three fire engines, from Broughton, Whitefield and Agecroft, arrived shortly before 4am.

The fire affected the ground floor of the restaurant, with reports of the ground floor being badly damaged.

A spokesman for the fire service told Manchester Evening Standard: “Crews used two breathing apparatus, hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear smoke.” The fire service were at the scene for an hour and 15 minutes.

Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the incident.