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Arson attack on Bewsey Old Hall in Warrington

A historic building in Cheshire was badly damaged in an arson attack, police have said.

Police were called to Bewsey Old Hall in Warrington at about 03:00 BST on Sunday by firefighters.

Investigators assessed the scene and established the fire had been started maliciously, a spokesman for Cheshire Police said.

The building is listed and is subject to a preservation order as it is home to four different breeds of bat.

Police have appealed to any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact the force or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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