A SHOCKING video has been shared of the moments before and after a food hut in Oldham was set on fire in a suspected arson attack with a £5,000 cash reward being offered for information.

Firefighters were sent to Uncle’s Tea Hut on Havelock Street in Oldham, based in front of Kaly’s Playland, just after 4.20am today.

Co-owner Muzafar Iqbal, 35, from Oldham, said a security guard the firm employed was beaten up in the attack.

He said the guard was dragged out of his car by a gang of masked thugs and hit with a large stick, leaving him with arm injuries that have left him in hospital.

It was reported that the group arrived in a Vauxhall Zafira.

Mr Iqbal has now confirmed a £5,000 cash reward has been offered for the names of the suspected culprits who are thought to be behind the incident and other attacks at the premises this year.

On social media, a video of the suspected arson has been shared which shows the start of the fire in the background followed by several masked men running away from the blaze with them carrying items, including a weapon.

A car can be seen approaching the gang too.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating.

A force spokesman said: "Shortly before 5am this morning, police were called to reports of a food van on fire on Havelock Street, Oldham.

"Prior to the fire, a male who was guarding the van was assaulted by 5 men who made off in his car.

"A joint investigation with the fire service is ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.

"No injuries have been reported to police at this stage and no arrests have been made yet."

If you have any information contact police on 101, quoting incident number 430 of 13/10/2021.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.