Windows shatter at Wigan supermarket after bin is set on fire

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A deliberate fire in a waste bin caused damage to the Wigan supermarket right next to it.

Two glass panels shattered and plastic canopy melted during the 4.40am blaze outside the Tesco Extra store on Cross Street in Hindley.

Watch manager John Wheeldon from Hindley fire station said: “We have told the police that we think this was deliberate ignition.

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"The fire started in the waste bin but it was so close to the building that the flames affected that too.

“The fire was quickly put out but we went up ladders to make sure that it had not taken hold in the canopy as well.”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to ring the police on 101 or the freephone Crimestoppers number anonymously on 0800 555111.