CCTV appeal after Newcastle pub arson
25 Jan 2017 15:50 PM[View Full Size]
Police are releasing CCTV footage of the moments a fire was started at a pub in Fawdon in an appeal for witnesses.
At 1:05am on Sunday, January 22, two men smashed an outside window in the bar area of the Jubilee Public House and poured an accelerant inside.
They then set fire to the liquid causing the pub to catch fire.
The landlord of the pub and his family, including young children, were upstairs at the time of the incident and thankfully managed to escape the property unharmed.
The fire was brought under control and extinguished by fire services but caused substantial damage to the pub.
Enquiries are ongoing into the arson and officers are appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible to contact them.
Newcastle Inspector Julie Rana said: "This was incredibly dangerous and people could have easily been killed. There were people, including young children, inside the pub asleep at the time this happened and you can see from the footage just how quickly and violently the fire was - it is a miracle no one was hurt.
"A full investigation is being carried out to find those responsible and we are checking CCTV in the area for any suspicious cars or people. We are speaking with local residents and if anyone thinks they have any information that could help then please speak to us as soon as possible."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 101 22/01/17 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.