18/12/2009

Second Arson Attack At Sedgley Pub

Detectives are investigating a second suspicious fire at a Sedgley pub in the space of two months.

The incident, which happened at The Clifton on the Bull Ring, is being treated as arson.

An alarm alerted emergency services to a serious fire at the premises at 5.10am today (Friday 18 December 2009).

The incident is the second arson attack at The Clifton in eight weeks.

Acting Detective Inspector Chris Fox, from Brierley Hill CID, said: "The nature of both of these attacks is causing us to link the incidents, at this early stage of investigations.
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"Both fires were deliberately started, with a window being smashed and then the offender has started the blaze.

"The fires have caused significant damage to the pub, and a great deal of disruption to the business. It will also greatly affect local revellers out over the festive season.

"Our enquiries into both incidents continue and we urge anyone who saw anything, or anyone acting suspiciously, around 5am this morning to get in touch."

The first fire took place on Friday October 23, exactly eight weeks ago, at 4.55am. A side window had been smashed and around six bottles, believed to contain an accelerant, were found at the scene.

(PR/KMcA)

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