Police appeal over Shrewsbury business arson

Police are investigating an arson attack on a joinery workshop near Shrewsbury which caused up to £400,000 damage.

They issued an appeal today for information following the fire at Niblett Bespoke Joinery based at Edgebold, near Hanwood.

The business shares the old dairy depot site with several other firms alongside the A488, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service received a call at 01.54am 1st August 2011.

The Fire is being investigated by a Fire Investigation Officer working with West Mercia Police. It is believed that the fire started outside the building and spread to the main building causing extensive damage to the building, including the roof and machinery inside.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "The fire is being treated as arson and we are appealing for any information which might assist the investigation."

"This is a fairly isolated location on the outskirts of the village of Hanwood but the site is situated alongside the main A488 Shrewsbury to Bishop's Castle road. We are anxious to hear from passers-by who spotted anything suspicious in that vicinity at around 1.30am to 2.30am yesterday."

"The number to call is Shrewsbury police station on 0300 333 3000, or the anonymous Crime stoppers number, 0800 555 111."

3rd August, 2011