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Greater Manchester: Oldham Chief of Council’s car was deliberately set on fire in ‘appalling’ attack | UK News

Police are investigating after the Oldham Council chief set his car on fire in a “appalling” attack.

Local MPs and politicians rallied around Arooj Shah, who is the first Muslim woman to head a council in northern England, after her car was set on fire on Tuesday.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham tweeted: “This is absolutely appalling and I send all my support to @shah_arooj.

“This will be fully investigated and we will not be intimidated.”

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, also posted on the social media site: “My solidarity with Cllr Arooj Shah who has been so loosely targeted. The full weight of the law must be seen to bring the responsible to be held to account. “

City Councilor Howard Sykes, leader of the Oldham Liberal Democrats, said: “This attack is appalling.

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“It is a frightening attack on an individual, but it also demonstrates the threat to people in public life and prevents honest people from being involved in it.

“This cannot be allowed to continue, and not only do we have to stop this criminal attack, but also the abusive approach which has been too prevalent in politics in Oldham recently and in the UK in recent years.

“Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.”

Greater Manchester Police said they were called to the Glodwick part of town just before 1.30am following reports of a burning vehicle.

A statement issued by the force added: “Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services were present with police, and it was established that the vehicle had been deliberately set on fire, also causing slight damage to property neighbor.

“The fire has been extinguished, no one has been injured and officers are investigating the circumstances.”

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