Appeal After Nightclub Arson

24 March 2010, 09:16 | Updated: 24 March 2010, 09:25

Detectives in Southampton are appealing for help in tracing a man following an arson attack at a Southampton nightspot.

A passing police patrol noticed the blaze at the Rhino Club in Waterloo Terrace at around 2am on Saturday March, 13, when flames appeared to be coming out of the roof. Detectives want to trace a man seen with a group of friends trying to get into the venue earlier in the evening, but was refused entry.

He is described as:

  • White
  • Early 20s
  • 5ft 10-11ins tall
  • Slim build with short dark hair, rash or spots on the left side of face and neck and clean shaven
  • Wearing a light blue and white checked long sleeve shirt, dark blue jeans and black boots

The man’s friends, two white men and a white woman, did enter the Rhino at around 1.50am and police are also keen to speak to them.

DI Gary Towse based at Shirley CID, said: “This fire could have been far worse had it not been for the actions and quick thinking of a passing police patrol who noticed the blaze and worked with security staff to lead clubbers out of the building to safety. Luckily nobody was injured.”

Police would also like to identify two men seen walking near a light coloured BMW parked in Lower Banister Street at around 2.11am.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Shirley CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity number, on 0800 555 111.