Police release new CCTV picture in connection with iLashed Academy in Ashton arson investigation

Posted on - 17th November, 2020 - 12:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News
CCTV footage of the fire at The iLashed Academy
CCTV footage shows the fire taking hold

Lancashire Police want to speak to a man who may have information on an arson investigation in Ashton-on-Ribble.


Police were called to reports of a fire at the iLashed Academy on Blackpool Road at around 12.25am on September 28.

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Officers attended and found accelerant had been poured through the door, before it was set alight.

Police believe the offender may have injured their hand in the process.

At the time, the owner of the beauty academy Imogen Southwood, said she believed “someone has it in” for her, as this is the second arson attack since she opened the store.

Following extensive CCTV enquiries police want to speak to the man pictured above and are asking anybody who recognises him to get in touch as soon as possible.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the arson attempt at the iLashed Academy in Blackpool Road
Police have released an image of this man in connection with the incident

Det Con Liz Sheard, of Preston Police, said: “Our investigation into an arson attack at a beauty salon in Ashton-on-Ribble is very much on-going.

“Someone has deliberately set this business premises on fire and we are working hard to establish who is responsible.

“We would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured to come forward with information.”

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Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 22 of September 28. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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