Retail Park Inferno

Three teenage boys were arrested on Tuesday, 14 December on suspicion of arson in connection with the weekend fire at the Crumbles Retail Park.


Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, all from Eastbourne, were released on bail until January, 20, 2011.

Police and fire crews were called to reports of a fire at the retail park just after 8.30pm on Saturday, 11, December. More than 80 firefighters tackled the fire which caused millions of pounds worth of damage to four national stores.

Detective Inspector Paul Phelps said: "I am pleased that we were able to make arrests so quickly after this terrible incident. I would like to thank the local media for their coverage, which no doubt led to the swift arrests.

The police investigation has now concluded and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the fire. The case will be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration."

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, Rachel Barrow said: "Sussex Police is working closely with East Sussex Fire Service and extensive forensic examinations are continuing. The fire service is issuing safety messages around the disposal of rubbish by commercial premises and local Police Community Support Officers will be visiting similar retail outlets to help reinforce the same safety messages across the whole of Eastbourne"

Anyone with information can contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1477 of 11/12 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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