Ar­son at­tack probe at pub hit by fire

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ABI­GAIL O’LEARY abi­gail.oleary@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Abi­gailOLeary

A HIS­TORIC pub de­stroyed by fire is at the cen­tre of an ar­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice be­lieve the blaze which ripped through the George and Dragon Pub on Rainow Road, Higher Hurds­field, was started de­lib­er­ately.

Of­fi­cers are now keen to speak to the owner of a white van which was seen parked out­side the pub about 30 min­utes be­fore the fire be­gan on Mon­day, Jan­uary 19.

Po­lice and fire ser­vices were called to fight the flames at 7.46pm on Jan­uary 19 and evac­u­ated three prop­er­ties near the scene as a pre­cau­tion.

Parts of the pub dam­aged by the fire were 400 years old and once served as a school for priv­i­leged girls.

A spokesman from Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary said: “De­tec­tives are work­ing with the fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish the cause of the blaze.” Any­one with nfor­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Cheshire Po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 745 of Jan­uary 19, 2015. In­for­ma­tion can also be left anony­mously, via Crimestop­pers, on 0800 555 111.

●● Above, po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire; in­set, five crews tack­led the blaze

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