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14-year-old boy arrested in connection with fire that destroyed former Preston city centre nightclub

Posted on - 20th May, 2022 - 4:25pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The top of the destroyed building as seen from Boltons Court Pic: Shane King
The top of the destroyed building as seen from Boltons Court Pic: Shane King

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the blaze that destroyed a former Preston nightclub.

On Thursday evening (19 May) a fire broke out in the former Odeon cinema and vacant Evoque nightclub in Church Street.

The building was partly derelict and partly used by businesses.

Road closures are in place and the area is also closed to pedestrians, so police are advising the public to avoid the area.

Read more: People asked to avoid Preston city centre as firefighting continues at former nightclub

This will continue over the weekend as emergency demolition work is required at the site with completion expected by Monday (23 May).

For further information on this go to the Preston City Council website or follow @prestoncouncil on Twitter.

Machinery has moved on to the site, as seen in the image below.

Demolition crew moving in after fire at former nightclub Pic: Shane King
Demolition crew moving in after fire at former nightclub Pic: Shane King

A joint inquiry into the cause of the fire will be carried out by investigators from Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service. At this stage officers say they are not in a position to give a cause or to say whether the fire was started deliberately.

Det Insp George Binns, of Preston CID, said: “While we have made one arrest our investigation is very much ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area yesterday, or in the recent days and weeks, or anyone who has any information which could assist our enquiries to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1347 of May 19th. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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