Blackpool arson attack plea

Fire at the illumination depot, Rigby Rd, Blackpool
Fire at the illumination depot, Rigby Rd, Blackpool
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DETECTIVES want to speak to these people in connection with an arson attack at the former Illuminations depot in central Blackpool.

Police believe the six people pictured witnessed the fire on Rigby Road and could have key information which could help them with their investigation.

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

The fire, which destroyed £100,000 worth of Illuminations stock including unique fibre glass moulds, Postman Pat’s van and fountains normally on show at Gynn Square, broke out around 10.30pm on June 13.

Det Con Marc Armstrong said: “These people are potential witnesses who were on Seasiders Way going over the bridge with Rigby Road between 10.15pm and 10.30 which was around the time of the offence. They may have seen something which could be important to our investigation.

“If anyone recognises them, we’d urge them to contact us so we can try to identify them and talk to them.

“We are keen to trace them to establish if they can assist in the inquiry.”

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Four boys are currently on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of arson.

A 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old, from Blackpool, were arrested in the week following the blaze.

Thirty firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze. Fire chiefs said the heat of the blaze was so severe steel girders buckled and brought a huge section of concrete roof crashing to the ground.

Det Con Armstrong added: “We currently have four people on bail. The investigation is on-going. We are still gathering evidence and looking through the CCTV. We are also working with the council at the scene. There is a lot of damage to moulds – in excess of £100,000 even without the structural damage.”

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Anyone who recognises the people in the images should contact Det Con Armstrong on (01253) 607327.

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road

Police want to speak to witnesses to the arson at the Illuminations depot, Rigby Road