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19th Oct, 2021

Man arrested on suspicion of arson following Wellesbourne pub fire

Editorial Correspondent 11th Oct, 2021 Updated: 12th Oct, 2021

AN ARREST has been made following a fire at an historic pub in Wellesbourne.

Police and firefighters were called to the Stags Head in Chestnut Square around 1am this morning (Monday) as a fire ripped through the pub’s thatched roof.

The fire has since been extinguished and no-one was injured.

There are a number of road closures in the area expected to remain in the coming days.

A 30-year-old man from Wellesbourne has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage – arson endangering life. He remains in police custody.

Detective Constable Emma Mackay said: “We are working with the fire service to establish the cause and are treating the incident as suspected arson at this time.

“A man has been arrested in connection with the fire and he is currently in police custody.

“We appreciate this is a concerning incident but thankfully no-one suffered any injuries.

“As part of our ongoing investigations, we have closed some roads and would ask for patience from local residents while we carry out further lines of enquiry.”

AN ARREST has been made following a fire at an historic pub in Wellesbourne.

Police and firefighters were called to the Stags Head in Chestnut Square around 1am this morning (Monday) as a fire ripped through the pub’s thatched roof.

The fire has since been extinguished and no-one was injured.

There are a number of road closures in the area expected to remain in the coming days.

A 30-year-old man from Wellesbourne has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage – arson endangering life. He remains in police custody.

Detective Constable Emma Mackay said: “We are working with the fire service to establish the cause and are treating the incident as suspected arson at this time.

“A man has been arrested in connection with the fire and he is currently in police custody.

“We appreciate this is a concerning incident but thankfully no-one suffered any injuries.

“As part of our ongoing investigations, we have closed some roads and would ask for patience from local residents while we carry out further lines of enquiry.”

The police want to speak to any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or doorbell footage. This includes spotting anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time.

Witnesses or those with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pub owner Kelley Parker-Jackson has thanked the community for its support.

She said: “Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone for their kind words and best wishes.

“We are devastated at the outcome of the fire this morning, which was attended by numerous fire crews and we appreciate all their efforts. Unfortunately, it is clear to see that we will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

We would like to make it clear that no inspection has taken place, as the building has been deemed unsafe therefore fire investigation teams cannot enter the premises; the cause of the fire has been suggested to be arson but not confirmed.

We have had a lot to deal with over the last couple of years but we do plan to return – like a phoenix from the ashes.”

The police want to speak to any witnesses or anyone with CCTV or doorbell footage. This includes spotting anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time.

Witnesses or those with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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