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Appeal after arson attack at historic Wigan hall

Wigan Hall
Wigan Hall

Police investigating an arson attack at an historic Wigan hall are appealing for information from residents.

The blaze which wrecked two outbuildings at Wigan Hall on July 12 was started deliberately, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believes.

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An offender approached the listed building on New Market Street at around 11.40pm and set fire to a garage next to the main hall.

The flames then spread to the historic landmark itself, causing extensive damage, police say.

Officers believe the offender approached Wigan Hall from the direction of The Deanery CE High School and Wigan and Leigh College and after setting the blaze made a getaway in the same direction.

Constable Heath William Farrington of GMP’s Wigan Division said: “We believe this was a targeted attack.

“The offender has managed to evade a number of CCTV cameras in the area, which indicates a level of planning.

“Were you in the area at the time and saw something that looked out of place?

“We would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.”

Electric tools, a generator and lawn mowers were all damaged in the attack.

Firefighters were at the scene throughout the night of the fire making sure the flames did not flare up again once they had been extinguished. The incident carried a risk of re-lighting due to the thick timber frames.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7124, quoting incident number 237 of 13/07/2018, or ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.