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​Food Truck Owner Who Had Trailer Torched Now Has New Vehicle

​Food Truck Owner Who Had Trailer Torched Now Has New Vehicle

The food truck owner who recently had his trailer torched in a racist attack is now the proud owner of a new van, after the local community rallied to raise more than £80,000 for him.

David OlaLekan Kamson had saved up for almost four years to invest £3,000 ($3,800) on a catering truck, paying an extra £430 ($547) to move it from Kent to Moston, Manchester - where it was torched to the ground last month.

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According to Kamson's GoFundMe, all he wanted to do was 'support his family and cater to his community'. But on 21 September, David claims a man drove past him hurling racial abuse, telling him: "Black immigrants come in Moston to do business like they own it."

Two days later, he was later notified that an arson attack had taken place, and that his beloved van had been burnt to the ground.

However, Kamson has revealed he's now finally back in business, as he has a new truck to serve from - having shared photos of the much-needed van with LADbible.

Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
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Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson

Posting on the Instagram page for his business, Moston Suya, Kamson thanked everyone who had supported him, adding that he was ready to serve up food from 2.30pm today (Sunday 25 October).

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One person commented: "The good news 2020 has been waiting for."

Someone else wrote: "This is just the best news, good luck to you."

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Another said: "This is amazing! I hope to venture down sometime. All the best! To you and your journey."

A fourth added: "Hope you have an awesome first day back!!!"

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Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson
Credit: David OlaLekan Kamson

After news of Kamson's plight spread, the local community and beyond began to rally together to raise money for him to get back on his feet.

In less than 24 hours, the GoFundMe campaign had reached more than £40,000, with Kamson saying in a video: "Thank you all for donating over £40,000 in less than 24 hours. Wow. God bless you all.

"I am going to promise you one thing... I'm going to promise that the money from the community will serve this community back.

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"I will make sure I provide good and better quality service and food to you people, and I will also make sure that people who cannot get much can come to me and I will feed you."

In the end, the campaign reached a total of £84,836 before donations were disabled.

Kamson added: "Peace and love, we spread it all. Let love be your guidance, don't let racism take over anything. Just preach love and show love."

Topics: Food, UK News, Daily Ladness, Community

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at editorial@ladbible.com.