Woman may have seen fire starter

Police want to speak to this woman who may have seen the fire on Cookson Street.
Police want to speak to this woman who may have seen the fire on Cookson Street.
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Police are hoping to speak to this woman who may have seen someone involved in starting a fire at a flat in the centre of Blackpool.

The woman, seen here wearing light blue or grey clothing, has been captured on CCTV close to the scene of the fire just minutes before it broke out, above an Afro-Caribbean shop on Cookson Street close to the town centre in the early hours of Sunday, April 28.

It is believed a mattress in the back bedroom of the home was set on fire at around 5.15am, causing significant damage to the bedroom and smoke damage to the rest of the flat and the neighbouring properties. Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, who is investigating the incident, said no-one was in the flat at the time, though residents of the building’s other flats had to flee through the smoke.

He said: “This woman may have seen someone as they entered or left the flat on Cookson Street.

“She is potentially a key witness, and we really need to find her.

“She is quite crucial for us.”

The woman from the CCTV image, or anyone who knows who she might be, is asked to contact Det Sgt Dickinson or Det Con Clare Wilson on 101 so she can help police with their investigation.

• Kimberley Conzague-Ingham, 23, of Ascot Road, Thornton, has appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, charged with recklessly setting a fire in the flat on Cookson Street.

She was released on bail.

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