THE owner of a Caribbean takeaway that fell victim to a "targeted" arson attack is worried his upcoming restaurant will also be hit.

Jiggaz Grill in Zouch Market, Tidworth, was set alight at approximately 4.50am on Saturday, September 16.

Just two days before this, during the early hours of Thursday morning (September 14), bricks were thrown through three windows and the front door to the restaurant was damaged.

The restaurant was closed and nobody was injured during the incidents but owner Jaipaul Powell is concerned that his business is being targeted.

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Police officers investigating the crime believe a dark-coloured BMW was used by the suspects to travel to and from the location.

Andover Advertiser: The windows and door of Jiggaz was smashed days before the arson.The windows and door of Jiggaz was smashed days before the arson. (Image: Jaipaul Powell)

Mr Powell, who has owned Jiggaz Grill for more than three years, said the blaze damaged his shop front and doorframe while smoke has discoloured his ceiling and it will cost around £15k-20k to repair.

He told the Journal: "Neighbours initially saw the blaze and alerted the police and fire service."

Plans to open a new Jiggaz Grill in Andover were announced in August and Mr Powell believes the attacks may be a consequence of this.

"My second shop is opening soon in Andover and I'm a bit concerned that one will come under any attacks. This happened once I announced I was opening in Andover," he added.

Andover Advertiser: Jaipaul Powell is concerned about his upcoming Andover restaurant.Jaipaul Powell is concerned about his upcoming Andover restaurant. (Image: Jaipaul Powell)

Detective chief inspector Nick Mawson said: “We believe this was a targeted attack and extensive enquiries are underway.

“As part of our investigation, we would like to request anyone who either witnessed the incident, or has CCTV, doorbell footage or relevant dash cam footage to get in touch immediately.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54230098074.

Alternatively, call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.