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Appeal after arson attack at historic hall in Wigan

The following article was taken from the Greater Manchester Police website. The original article can be read at the following link:

www.gmp.police.uk/live/nhoodv3.nsf/TriageWebsitePages/2755BBA925D8EC03802582D400598550?OpenDocument

Police are appealing for information after a historic hall in Wigan was damaged during an arson attack.

An offender approached Wigan Hall on New market Street at around 11.40pm on Thursday 12 July 2018, before deliberately setting fire to a garage outbuilding next to the hall.

Electric tools, a generator and lawn mowers were damaged.

The fire then spread to the main hall building, causing extensive damage.

It is believed that the offender approached Wigan Hall from the direction of The Deanery High School and Wigan and Leigh College, before fleeing 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.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 01618567124 quoting incident number 237 of 13/07/2018 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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