Owner Roger Telesford set up the bike repair workshop two years ago. He told the newspaper: “It was heartbreaking to know somebody burned the place on purpose when you do so much for the community. It’s my livelihood. I’m a single father. I have a six-year-old girl at home.
He added: “Everything was completely torched. Everything went, including our tools which are worth £3,000 and bikes which were worth £4,000. There was nothing we could salvage.
“We are cyclists. We built the shop with our hands. We provide a service for the neighbourhood.”
The business was not insured, said Telesford: “It was difficult to get insurance as it’s a second hand bike shop.”
Neighbouring businesses in Netil Market have banded together to help – with Arrow Jewellery, making jewellery out of remnants of the fire to help pay for repairs at a fundraiser at the market on Saturday.