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Appeal following suspected arson attacks in Blackburn

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

We are appealing for witnesses in connection with two suspected arson attacks in Blackburn.

Police were called around 4.15am on June 4 to reports of a fire at the Ice Blast in Whalley New Road. The shop front including metal shutters and wooden framing was damaged, with the blaze quickly put out by fire crews.

Two days later, around 4am, two men were alleged to have tried starting a fire at the front of the same property. The men were disturbed and made off from the scene, with one of the men believed to have run down a rear alleyway.

Following enquiries, two men were later arrested and charged in connection with both incidents.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and are urging any witnesses to come forward.

Det Con Shanaz Kone, of Blackburn CID, said: “If you saw what happened and have any information about either incident, please contact us.

“While we have charged two people, we continue to ask anyone who can assist our enquiries to speak to police.”

Anyone with information can call (01254) 353503 or email 4167@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log 0149 of June 4 or log 0178 of June 6.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Martin Jackson, 42 and Christopher Dickinson, both of Heaton Street, Blackburn were charged with attempt arson with intent to endanger life and arson with intent as to whether life was endangered. Both appeared at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on June 13.


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