Thieves believed to have started blaze at derelict Blackburn pub

Thieves believed to have started blaze at derelict Blackburn pub

Thieves believed to have started blaze at derelict Blackburn pub

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THIEVES are suspected of starting a blaze at a derelict pub after stealing copper pipes from under the floorboards.

The burglars are thought to have set fire to rubbish in an upstairs room of the boarded-up Crescent Hotel in Blackburn after snatching the metalwork on Friday.

Residents reported suspicious activity at the former Thwaites pub in Bank Lane, Intack, to police at around 5.30pm.

Around three hours later, at 8.37pm, firefighters from Blackburn Fire Station were called to tackle a blaze at the pub, which was causing plumes of smoke to billow from the windows.

One room of the building was destroyed by fire and the rest of the building was damaged by smoke.

Firefighter Stephen Horrocks, one of the crew members that fought the blaze for around 90 minutes, said: “Somebody had been trying to steal the copper pipes and lead off the roof.

“Whoever had been in there had smashed their way in through the back door and the floorboards were ripped up and copper was missing.

“The thefts have potentially been going on for a while because there’s lead missing off the slate roof, which they probably got to through the loft.

“There was a pile of rubbish they had set alight in the upstairs bedroom and it was burning well when we got there.”

Residents who live in the area said there was an ongoing problem with anti-social behaviour.

One neighbour said: “You see big gangs of them going in there. Either groups of kids or druggies. It isn’t nice as I have young children and I don’t want them seeing that. You can hear loud bangs when they just start ripping up the place.”

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4:45pm Sun 3 Aug 14

shirtbox says...

What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade.
What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade. shirtbox
  • Score: 40

7:43pm Sun 3 Aug 14

grumpyoldlady says...

Just what the residents in the vicinity of the Corporation pub on Revidge Road are afraid of. Time the council got tough with the owners of these run down properties.
Just what the residents in the vicinity of the Corporation pub on Revidge Road are afraid of. Time the council got tough with the owners of these run down properties. grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 28

8:30pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Lankygirl says...

grumpyoldlady wrote:
Just what the residents in the vicinity of the Corporation pub on Revidge Road are afraid of. Time the council got tough with the owners of these run down properties.
You've now told the criminal fraternity that the Corporation could be targeted.
[quote][p][bold]grumpyoldlady[/bold] wrote: Just what the residents in the vicinity of the Corporation pub on Revidge Road are afraid of. Time the council got tough with the owners of these run down properties.[/p][/quote]You've now told the criminal fraternity that the Corporation could be targeted. Lankygirl
  • Score: -7

9:54am Mon 4 Aug 14

Reasons says...

Poss insurances so can rebuild .... Look at the planning application
Poss insurances so can rebuild .... Look at the planning application Reasons
  • Score: 11

9:55am Mon 4 Aug 14

The old faithfull says...

shirtbox wrote:
What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade.
Why was this pub not used as an "Islamic learning centre " !
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade.[/p][/quote]Why was this pub not used as an "Islamic learning centre " ! The old faithfull
  • Score: -11

12:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Happy-Dude says...

The old faithfull wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade.
Why was this pub not used as an "Islamic learning centre " !
Or an pointless indian takeaway
[quote][p][bold]The old faithfull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: What did the police do in the three hours gap.The owners should be made to make the building secure and be charged each time a call out is made by police or fire brigade.[/p][/quote]Why was this pub not used as an "Islamic learning centre " ![/p][/quote]Or an pointless indian takeaway Happy-Dude
  • Score: 8

1:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

robinjevansbnp says...

It's high time that planning rules were changed. An application once granted lasts around 5 yrs and thereafter is considered renewable. Once work has started there is no provision to ensure it is completed within a timescale. We have had this problem in the borough for decades now. A property is bought, left to rot and bring down property prices surrounding it... Then the sharks are more able to make a killing in the whole area.
It's high time that planning rules were changed. An application once granted lasts around 5 yrs and thereafter is considered renewable. Once work has started there is no provision to ensure it is completed within a timescale. We have had this problem in the borough for decades now. A property is bought, left to rot and bring down property prices surrounding it... Then the sharks are more able to make a killing in the whole area. robinjevansbnp
  • Score: 9

5:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

The insurance should not insure un occupied buildings then I bet arson crime would come down a lot.
The insurance should not insure un occupied buildings then I bet arson crime would come down a lot. phil kernot
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Mon 4 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

robinjevansbnp wrote:
It's high time that planning rules were changed. An application once granted lasts around 5 yrs and thereafter is considered renewable. Once work has started there is no provision to ensure it is completed within a timescale. We have had this problem in the borough for decades now. A property is bought, left to rot and bring down property prices surrounding it... Then the sharks are more able to make a killing in the whole area.
Should charge full council tax soon put a stop to it then lol
[quote][p][bold]robinjevansbnp[/bold] wrote: It's high time that planning rules were changed. An application once granted lasts around 5 yrs and thereafter is considered renewable. Once work has started there is no provision to ensure it is completed within a timescale. We have had this problem in the borough for decades now. A property is bought, left to rot and bring down property prices surrounding it... Then the sharks are more able to make a killing in the whole area.[/p][/quote]Should charge full council tax soon put a stop to it then lol phil kernot
  • Score: 4

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