Romanian ambassador praises Norwich’s reaction to arson attack on city shop

Our city’s outpouring of love and support for the owners of a Romanian shop which was targeted by an arsonist is an example to the rest of the Britain, the country’s ambassador has said.

Dan Michalache visited The Village Shop, in Magdalen Street, yesterday to read for himself the messages of solidarity pinned to the wooden boards that have covered the shop front since the attack early on Friday, July 8.

The fire happened just hours after more than 1,000 people attended an anti-Brexit rally at City Hall. Police said there was no evidence it was racially motivated, but officers were keeping an open mind.

Asked why he came to the city, Mr Michalache said: “To meet the residents of Norwich, the police, the people, and thank them for the impressive demonstration of solidarity, tolerance, and openness which I believe sets a nationwide example for how Romanians are valued in Britain’s society.

“It was very impressive, and we thank the people of Norwich. It’s proof that they are tolerant. It’s impressive that they wanted to contribute and to give money.


Maria Ligor, Minister Delegate for Romanians Abroad, and Dan Mihalache, the Romanian Ambassador to the UK ( pictured ) along with Assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean visiting The Village Stores, Magadalen Street. Photo : Steve Adams


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