Shropshire arson attack causes £400,000 of damage

An suspected arson attack on a Shropshire joinery workshop caused up to £400,000 damage, police said.

West Mercia Police has launched an appeal for information following the fire at Niblett Bespoke Joinery, in Edgebold, near Hanwood.

The business shares the old dairy depot site with several other firms alongside the A488.

Police were alerted by the fire service just after 02:00 BST on 31 July that they were attending a serious fire.

They said the fire service told them the fire was thought to be suspicious.

'Fairly isolated'

A police spokesman said extensive damage was caused to the building, including the roof and machinery inside.

He added it is thought a quantity of timber outside the premises was deliberately set alight and the fire then spread to the building.

He 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 01:30 to 02:30 BST on Sunday."

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