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Arsonist targets charity shop
An Ilkley charity shop suffered thousands of pounds of damage in a suspected arson attack and could remain closed for months.
The Sue Ryder shop was seriously damaged in the blaze early on Thursday morning, which spread from bags of donated goods left on the doorstep of the Cowpasture Road shop.
Fire also caused slight damage to new neighbouring business Ilkley Moor Pharmacy, due to open shortly.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the blaze is being treated as suspected arson.
Three fire crews were called out to fight the fire at around 5.15am.
The Sue Ryder charity, which runs Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope, fears the shop could remain closed for several months.
It is asking anyone who wants to donate goods to give them to the Sue Ryder shop on Otley Road, Guiseley. Donations towards repair and refurbishment of the Ilkley shop can be made by calling Jo Manning on 01924 492955 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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