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Southport Pleasureland haunted house hit by arson

Wreckage at Pleasureland
Other rides have also been destroyed in arson attacks

A fire has destroyed the haunted house at Southport Pleasureland - the latest in a line of suspected arson attacks at the Merseyside funfair.

Up to 20 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire at the Marine Drive site in the early hours of Saturday.

Crews brought the flames under control, but park owner Norman Wallis said the attraction had been destroyed.

Although an investigation into the cause of the fire was inconclusive, officers believe it was arson.

Crews were called to reports of the fire at about 0525 GMT on Saturday, and remained at the scene until 0800 GMT.

I can't believe they keep coming back and doing it again
Norman Wallis, owner

Fire investigators were at the site over the weekend. They said the cause was "not conclusive".

However, because of the history of arson attacks on the funfair - this was its fifth fire in three years - they are treating it as suspicious.

Mr Wallis, who took over the site in 2007, told BBC Radio Merseyside he believed he was being targeted.

"I can't believe they keep coming back and doing it again," he said.

"We've got security on site, the site is cordoned off with gates. We've had locks broken into, we've had damage done to doors.

"Somebody is definitely coming here with the intention of causing problems."

Mr Wallis confirmed the Haunted Inn attraction could not be salvaged - but promised it would be replaced by Easter.

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