Re­ward for in­for­ma­tion over sus­pi­cious bak­ery fire

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY CALUM ROSS

A bak­ery is of­fer­ing a cash re­ward to any­one who can help catch the cul­prit who de­lib­er­ately set fire to a brand new High­land store just weeks be­fore it opened.

Po­lice con­firmed for the first time yes­ter­day that they are treat­ing the blaze at the Harry Gow’s bak­ery at North Kes­sock as “sus­pi­cious”.

Fire­fight­ers were called to the scene, next to the A9 and just north of the Kes­sock Bridge, at 3.35am on July 3 af­ter the in­ci­dent was re­ported. They put out the fire in un­der three hours – by which time the build­ing had suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age.

The Smith­ton-based bak­ery took over the build­ing a year ago af­ter it closed as a tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, and it had been due to open on Au­gust 18 af­ter a re­fur­bish­ment. But the dam­age is un­der­stood to have set the open­ing of the eatery back by about 12 months, with work on the re­vamp not now ex­pected to start again un­til next year.

A joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out and po­lice con­firmed yes­ter­day that the fire was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Det Con Ni­cola MacAn­gus said: “Thank­fully no­body was hurt in this in­ci­dent but de­lib­er­ately start­ing fires is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.”

Harry Gow’s has de­cided to of­fer a four-fig­ure cash re­ward for in­for­ma­tion pro­vided which di­rectly leads to a con­vic­tion. Any in­for­ma­tion to po­lice on 101.

“De­lib­er­ately start­ing fires is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous”

The Harry Gow’s bak­ery was badly dam­aged in blaze

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