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Dunstable Norman King fire: Man sought by police

The fire at the Norman King pub in Church Street
Image caption The fire at the Norman King pub in Church Street broke out in the early hours of Wednesday

Detectives investigating a suspected arson attack on a historic pub in Bedfordshire are appealing for a man seen in the area to contact them.

The Grade II listed Norman King pub in Church Street, Dunstable, was destroyed in the early hours of 10 August.

The thatched building was being refurbished and was empty at the time.

Police want to speak to a man seen on CCTV leaving the Nags Head on the High Street and heading towards the Norman King minutes before the fire broke out.

He was wearing a light coloured, waist-length jacket with a dark-coloured top underneath.

Vicki Gibson, from Bedfordshire Police, said: "It is vitally important that we speak to this individual as he may have some valuable information relating to this incident.

"This historic pub was due to open on Saturday 3 September, but instead it has been demolished due to the large amount of damage caused by the blaze.

"We believe that this fire was started deliberately and we need to ensure that whoever did so is not able to commit a similar offence anywhere else."

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