South East Wales

Rhondda arson: Clydach Vale ex-workingmen's club damaged

A former workingmen's club has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack.

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after the large fire at the Clydach Vale club at Howard Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda.

It was reported at about 12:45 GMT on Saturday. No-one was injured.

A joint investigation with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is under way and police say the blaze is believed to have been started deliberately.

Det Insp Rob Williams said "We are keeping an open mind as to who is may be responsible for yesterday's incident and we are actively exploring a number of lines of inquiry, including house-to-house inquiries and the forensic examination of the scene."

"I would also like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the former club prior to the incident."

He added: "Arson is a serious crime. Those responsible for yesterday's fire should be under no illusion that a conviction will frequently attract a significant prison sentence."

Anyone with information can contact South Wales Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 62130093589.

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