Historic building destroyed in arson attack

Crime story
Crime story

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a fire destroyed a historic building in Wigan.

At around 7.30pm on Thursday, December 4, offenders broke into Chaddock Hall on Chaddock Lane.

They then set fire to items within the property and the flames took hold. The blaze then spread to other parts of the hall before the fire brigade were called.

No one was injured.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed until 30 January 2015.

Detective Constable Brian Johnston from Wigan East INPT said: “This was a grade two listed building that has been part of the areas make-up for hundreds of years. The land was due to be developed for housing, with Chaddock Hall to be used as a feature but this fire has now stopped that.

“From what we have been told, it is lucky no one who was inside the building, received serious injury or died as smoke quickly filled the rooms and ceilings started to collapse.”

“I would ask anyone who has information to come forward and help us with our inquiries. You can talk to police on 0161 856 7292 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”