Police recover Eastbourne pier fire CCTV images

Fire on Eastbourne Pier
Image caption The fire started behind wood panelling in the arcade building sending plumes of smoke into the air

Police investigating the fire that destroyed a third of Eastbourne's pier have recovered useable images from CCTV hard drives damaged in the blaze.

Officers have been treating the fire which damaged the Grade II-listed pier in East Sussex last July as deliberate.

Forensic experts were brought in to try to rebuild the damaged hard drives.

Christos Stylianou, general manager of the pier, said the recovered data showed 30 days of footage from 24 cameras around the arcade site.

He described it as a "positive development".

'Fun attraction'

Sussex Police said officers were studying the CCTV images for evidence.

The pier was partially reopened to traders and the public last September after the first stage of reconstruction work was completed.

Its owners have said they hope to reopen the main deck to the public within the next month.

Mr Stylianou said: "We're currently in talks with the local authorities about introducing fairground rides, temporary amusements to make it an attraction and a fun day for families for the 2015 season."

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