CCTV clue in bid to catch arsonist

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POLICE have released images of a man they want to speak to after a suspicious blaze at a home.

The fire broke out in a rear bedroom of a property on Ashburton Road, Bispham, and police believe it was deliberately started by an arsonist.

Police want to speak to this man after an arson attack at a house on Ashburton Road, Bispham.

Police want to speak to this man after an arson attack at a house on Ashburton Road, Bispham.

Detectives have now released CCTV images of a man spotted in a local pub on the night of the fire who they think may have some information about the attack, and are appealing for the public’s help to track him down.

The man was captured on the CCTV cameras at The Empress Hotel on Exchange Street, Blackpool.

Det Con James Edmonds, from Blackpool CID, said: “Our investigation into this fire continues and we have released some CCTV images of a man we would like to speak to in connection with this offence.

“I would ask the public to look at the images and see whether they recognise this person and if they do then I would urge them to call the police.”

Firefighters were called by police to tackle the blaze just before 9pm on Thursday, December 6.

Police discovered the fire and neighbours reported seeing smoke billowing from the property.

Officers said the blaze was confined to one room, but it was discovered early and could easily have been more severe if it had not been found by police investigating another matter in the area.

The property is normally occupied but police have said it was empty at the time of the blaze and no-one was hurt in the incident.

Det Con Edmonds added: “Fortunately the fire was put out before it spread across other rooms but the consequences could have been much more severe.

“We are treating this as a serious incident and would urge people with information to call Blackpool Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The man in the CCTV pictures was described as white with dark hair and was wearing a dark top and trousers and carrying a rucksack.

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