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Police investigate arson attacks in Wisbech

The latest fire wrecked an annexe to a house on North Brink in Wisbech

A spate of arson attacks in a Cambridgeshire town is being investigated by police.

The latest fire gutted the extension of a three-storey house on North Brink, Wisbech, at about 2200 BST. Police are treating the fire as arson.

A few doors along from the house is the historic Phoenix Hotel which was destroyed by fire on 29 April.

A fire at Constantine House in Nene Quay at the end of March is also being investigated.

No-one was injured in the fire on Saturday.

Detectives are appealing for people to come forward if they are able to help with enquiries.

'Earlier fire'

Det Insp Lorraine Parker said: "We know that this was arson and we would specifically like to speak to people who were in the area of Chapel Road, at the rear of the property, and Chapel Street car park.

"Specifically, we need to identify everyone who had parked their car in Chapel Street car park between 2130 BST and 2215 BST on Saturday.

"A fire occurred at this same property in North Brink on 27 April. At the time it wasn't thought to be suspicious but clearly we will be re-visiting this investigation.

"The same team of fire investigators and police officers are investigating a number of fires which have occurred in Wisbech over the past few weeks and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked."

Overnight on Thursday the derelict Flowerpot pub in Elm Road was deliberately set alight and two boys, aged 11 and 12, were arrested in connection with the incident. They have been bailed until next month.

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