Third arrest as Crooked House investigation continues

Police have arrested a third man as the investigation into the fire at the Crooked House pub continues.

Officers have been trawling through CCTV footage and speaking to those who have come forward with information since the fire on 5 August.

Staffordshire Police confirmed that a 51-year-old man, from Buckingham, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson with intent or being reckless as to whether life was endangered. A spokesperson said:

“He has since been released on conditional police bail while we continue to carry out a number of lines of enquiry.

“We would like to thank everyone who has already come forward with important information about this investigation and those who are continuing to engage positively with officers.

“We understand that speculation is still widespread, both locally and online. We’d like to reiterate that we are working hard to get through an extensive list of enquiries at this time.”

The 66-year-old man and the 33-year-old man, who were previously arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, remain on conditional police bail. 

Officers are still asking those people who might have information which can help to get in touch if they haven’t already.

People can call 101 or message using Live Chat online or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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