Call to flush out Shotton club arsonists

Published date: 06 February 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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POLICE hunting arsonists responsible for torching a former Shotton club have vowed to “explore any new leads,” in a bid to bring the offenders to justice.

This week marked three years since the disused Shotton Lane Social Club was burnt to the ground in what police say was a “deliberate arson attack”.

Following the anniversary of the blaze on Tuesday, police have renewed their appeal for information and warned those responsible that the case will not be closed until they are caught.

Detective Inspector Tim Evans, at Mold CID, said: “During the early hours of February 4 2011 police and emergency services attended a deliberate arson attack to the disused Shotton Lane Social Club.

“Fortunately no one was injured and the comprehensive criminal investigation that followed failed to identify those who were responsible.”

He added: “Although the matter remains undetected, we will never conclude serious offences of this nature and will continue to explore any new leads, and utilise advances in technology that may help us bring the offenders to justice.”

During the blaze, more than 100 people were evacuated from their homes when a fire swept through the building, which was later demolished.

Det Insp Evans added: “I’d encourage anybody who has new information to come forward and speak to us.

“I understand people are sometimes reluctant to come forward but I'd like to reassure them that there are special measures can be put in place to protect them.

“With the community’s support and vigilance, we can identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

The club closed in August 2010 and was earmarked by the Flintshire Muslim Cultural Society to become an Islamic cultural centre. But the fire put paid to those ambitions.

Since the fire residents have reported anti-social behaviour stemming from the derelict waste land - with reports of drug dealings, fighting and cars being smashed by vandals using bricks left on the site.

Anyone with information should call North Wales Police on 101 (incident RC11018675).

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