Haslington man arrested over fire at Haslington Hall

Police have arrested a man in connection with a fire that ripped through a historic Haslington estate last month. Officers from Cheshire Police investigating a fire at Haslington Hall have arrested a 44-year-old man from Haslington on suspicion of arson in connection with the incident, but have since released him under investigation pending further enquiries. At 8.05am on Saturday, March 24, firefighters were called to the fire at the large Grade I listed building on Holmshaw Lane in Haslington.

Extensive damage was caused to the building and the cause of the fire is being investigated jointly by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Police. The theft of two trailers from the scene is also being investigated by police. DS Steve Smith from Crewe CID said: “The day before the fire there was a lot of activity at the Hall with a blue flatbed truck and a light van coming and going during the day.

“Then at 9.30pm the lights of an artic lorry were seen going up Holmshaw Lane towards the Hall. The trailers, which contained event gear, were then seen to leave the location in the early hours of the 24th travelling along Holmshaw Lane towards Oakhanger. “I would urge anyone with information on the vehicles or anyone, particulary dog walkers, who have been in the area recently and seen suspicious activity, to contact police on 101 quoting IML 17945.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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