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Victoria Police Launch Investigation Into Arson Attacks On Docklands Restaurant

Victoria Police have released surveillance footage documenting two arson attacks on a restaurant in Docklands, with detectives suggesting a connection to an ongoing tobacco turf war in the city.

The restaurant, targeted on both November 18 and 20, saw the second incident resulting in the complete destruction of the building. 

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A total of 60 people were forced to evacuate from the apartments above the premises, as a window was smashed, causing smoke and water damage to the structure. 

However, two days later, on November 20, the assailants struck again. Two men were captured on security cameras pouring accelerant throughout the restaurant before setting it ablaze. 

Detectives investigating the case believe these arson attacks are part of a larger pattern of incidents directed at tobacco stores across Melbourne over the past eight months.

Security camera footage reveals the two suspects, both donned in dark-coloured clothing and hooded jumpers.

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Detective Inspector Graham Banks from Task Force Lunar has described the incident as “utterly reckless” and “complete disregard for life or property”.

“It is only sheer luck on both these occasions that none of the people living in the apartments above this restaurant were killed or their homes completely destroyed.”

Banks urged the public with any information to come forward.

“We are doing everything we can to put a stop to this series before someone is killed, but information from the public is crucial,” he said. 

“If you do know something, then now is the time to speak up, and as always, this can be done anonymously.”

Authorities have asked anyone with relevant information to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. 

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