Empty pub raided and then torched

The former Crescent Hotel in Bank Lane, Blackburn

The former Crescent Hotel in Bank Lane, Blackburn

First published in News by , Reporter

THIEVES are suspected of starting a blaze at a derelict pub after stealing copper pipes from under floorboards.

The burglars are thought to have set fire to rubbish in an upstairs room of the boarded-up Crescent Hotel in Blackburn, on Friday.

Neighbours reported suspicious activity at the former Thwaites pub in Bank Lane, Intack, to police at around 5.30pm.

About three hours later, at 8.37pm, firefighters from Blackburn Fire Station were called to tackle a blaze at the pub. One room was destroyed by fire and the rest was smoke damaged.

Firefighter Stephen Hor- rocks, one of the crew members who fought the blaze for about 90 minutes, said: “Somebody had been trying to steal the copper pipes, and lead off the roof.

“Whoever had been in there had smashed through the back door and the floorboards were ripped up.

“There was a pile of rubbish set alight in the upstairs bedroom and it was burning well when we got there.”

Residents who live in the area said there was an ongoing problem with anti-social behaviour.

One neighbour said: “You see big gangs of them going in there. Either groups of kids or druggies. It isn’t nice, as I have young children and I don’t want them seeing that. You can hear loud bangs when they just start ripping up the place.”

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2:37pm Mon 4 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

It's not rocket science who's done it they are even stepping on gypsy s toes now. Going round after scrap metal.
It's not rocket science who's done it they are even stepping on gypsy s toes now. Going round after scrap metal. mark anthony
  • Score: 19

3:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

macci14 says...

Wouldnt surprise me if it was insurance scam ive heard its been bought out..
Wouldnt surprise me if it was insurance scam ive heard its been bought out.. macci14
  • Score: 14

4:29pm Mon 4 Aug 14

shadlad says...

Another building left empty what do you expect. I feel sorry for the families in the surrounding area and those opposite that have to look at this first thing in a morning and last thing at night.
I agree with macci14`s comment.
Waste of a good building just to save a few quid.
Another building left empty what do you expect. I feel sorry for the families in the surrounding area and those opposite that have to look at this first thing in a morning and last thing at night. I agree with macci14`s comment. Waste of a good building just to save a few quid. shadlad
  • Score: 15

4:55pm Mon 4 Aug 14

boynesider says...

the council should make the owners keep the building in a fit state .i'm sure there are laws in place to enforce this.
the council should make the owners keep the building in a fit state .i'm sure there are laws in place to enforce this. boynesider
  • Score: 14

5:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

It's sold and the new owners will be applying for planning permission to convert it to??? Say no more!
It's sold and the new owners will be applying for planning permission to convert it to??? Say no more! ikap22
  • Score: 9

5:15pm Mon 4 Aug 14

thirdeyevision says...

ikap22 wrote:
It's sold and the new owners will be applying for planning permission to convert it to??? Say no more!
A occupied buliding (no matter what it is) is always better than a run down derelict building.
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: It's sold and the new owners will be applying for planning permission to convert it to??? Say no more![/p][/quote]A occupied buliding (no matter what it is) is always better than a run down derelict building. thirdeyevision
  • Score: 15

8:59pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Neiltheplumber says...

Fond memories about this and many other Thwaites pubs around Lancashire, I fit central heating at the Cresent some 28years ago, the landlord were called Neil & Sharon at the time, they put a lot of effort and money into the pub but as always these days and then its a hard trawl in the pub trade and another pub gone!! Happy days!
Fond memories about this and many other Thwaites pubs around Lancashire, I fit central heating at the Cresent some 28years ago, the landlord were called Neil & Sharon at the time, they put a lot of effort and money into the pub but as always these days and then its a hard trawl in the pub trade and another pub gone!! Happy days! Neiltheplumber
  • Score: 8

9:04am Tue 5 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

It seems more pubs are closing daily and the new generation prefer cheep booze from superstores
It seems more pubs are closing daily and the new generation prefer cheep booze from superstores EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 9

10:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

englishmuslim says...

It is going to be converted into an Islamic school by next year I think. Planning permission will go through anytime soon. Don't worry the kids attending won't cause you any bother like the drunkards used to when it was a pub.
It is going to be converted into an Islamic school by next year I think. Planning permission will go through anytime soon. Don't worry the kids attending won't cause you any bother like the drunkards used to when it was a pub. englishmuslim
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

englishmuslim says...

boynesider wrote:
the council should make the owners keep the building in a fit state .i'm sure there are laws in place to enforce this.
The building's windows had been boarded up. The grounds had been fenced off. There isba security company that monitors this building on a daily basis. What more do you want the owner to do? People broke into an unoccupied building to steal metal. Nowadays even occupied buildings also get burgled.
[quote][p][bold]boynesider[/bold] wrote: the council should make the owners keep the building in a fit state .i'm sure there are laws in place to enforce this.[/p][/quote]The building's windows had been boarded up. The grounds had been fenced off. There isba security company that monitors this building on a daily basis. What more do you want the owner to do? People broke into an unoccupied building to steal metal. Nowadays even occupied buildings also get burgled. englishmuslim
  • Score: -1

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