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Arrest after suspected arson attack on building

Police investigating an arson attack on an abandoned building have arrested a suspect.

Emergency services attended Park Lane, Selston, at 8.15pm on Wednesday (24 August) after receiving calls about the blaze.

Nobody was injured by the fire, which was quickly put out by firefighters.

Considerable damage was caused to the first floor of the derelict building, which had already been burnt out following a previous fire.

A joint investigation has been launched with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service into the fire, which police believe was caused deliberately.

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Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He has been released under investigation as inquiries into the incident continue.

Inspector Jon Hewitt, district commander for Ashfield, said: “It really should go without saying but arson is an extremely serious offence that can impact many people’s lives and lead to tragic consequences.

“Derelict sites such as the building targeted in this incident can be extremely dangerous for obvious reasons, so it’s important that people, especially youngsters, stay away from these types of locations.

“We have arrested a suspect in connection with this incident, but our inquiries are still ongoing, so we’d ask anyone who saw what happened, or has any further information, to contact us immediately.”

Chris Clark, group manager for prevention at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “On Wednesday night, we were called to a derelict building fire on Park Lane, Selston, where not long ago another deliberate fire took place. Setting deliberate fires is unacceptable, and they have consequences.

“We will be working closely with our partners at Nottinghamshire Police to ensure this doesn’t take place again.

“Not only do they put people at risk, these fires take us away from other emergencies.”

Information can be left, either by calling the police on 101, quoting incident 731 of 24 August 2022, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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