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Second 14-year-old boy arrested in investigation into fire at former Preston nightclub

Posted on - 22nd May, 2022 - 10:22am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Flames and smoke were visible from around the city Pic: Thomas Standage
Flames and smoke were visible from around the city Pic: Thomas Standage

A second 14-year-old boy has been arrested as part of an investigation into the fire that destroyed a former Preston nightclub.

The fire broke out on Thursday evening (19 May) in the former Odeon cinema and Evoque nightclub in Church Street. The building was partly derelict and partly used by businesses at the time.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on Friday morning, and detectives were given a further 12 hours to question him. He has since been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until 17 June.

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

The second boy was arrested yesterday (Saturday 21 May). He has since been released on police bail until 1 June.

Road closures are in place around the building and the area is also closed to pedestrians, as emergency demolition work continues. It is expected this will be completed by Monday (23 May). For further information on this go to the Preston City Council website or follow @prestoncouncil on Twitter.

Read more: Council issues statement following ‘devastating’ fires in Preston city centre

A joint investigation between Lancashire Police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is underway to establish the cause of the fire.

Det Insp George Binns, from Preston CID, said: “We have made two arrests and an investigation is very much ongoing.

“We are continuing to ask anybody with information about the fire to come forward. Perhaps you were in the area at the time and saw something suspicious, or perhaps you have other information that could help us.

Whatever you know, we would ask you to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 1347 of May 19th.


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