Croxteth sub-station fire 'was deliberate'

A fire at an electricity sub-station which resulted in a power cut, was started deliberately, Merseyside Police say.

Copper conductors and switchgear were also stolen from the substation in Croxteth on Tuesday morning.

Mersey Fire Service were called to Back Gilmoss Lane at around 02:45 BST by a local resident who saw smoke coming from the sub-station.

The power supply to East Lancashire Road was restored after repairs.

Det Con Julie Bolton said: "We believe this fire was deliberately started and we are seeking information about who is responsible.

"The fire has caused thousands of pounds of damage and put people's safety at risk.

"Someone has also stolen the copper piping from the sub-station and we would appeal for residents who have seen anyone loitering in the area or paying particular attention to the sub-station to call me with that information.

"I would also urge anyone thinking of tampering with or entering an electricity sub-station not to, due to the extreme danger they would be putting themselves and others into."

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