Seven boys free to go after stately home arson

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SEVEN youngsters arrested over a blaze which devastated an historic Wigan borough building have been told they are free to go.

Chaddock Hall at Astley was gutted by flames on the night of December 4 last year.

The 17th century property was once owned by the late Salford millionaire Derrick Cunliffe but was recently bought by Peel Holdings to be refurbished.

Seven boys aged between 11 and 15 were arrested on suspicion of arson and were released on police bail on condition that they reported back to police this week.

But a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed last night that, after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Services, officers had told the boys that they would be taking no further action against them. Anyone with information about the case is still asked to ring police on 101.