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 Reward offered for information relating to a factory fire in Bishop Auckland


A REWARD is being offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for a factory fire in Bishop Auckland.

The owner of Plastic Mouldings Northern is offering a £1,000 reward for information into the cause of the fire which broke out at the business premises of on the town’s South Church Industrial Estate on Sunday evening.

The blaze started among metal cages containing scrap plastic in the yard of the factory shortly after 5.15pm.

Police had to close an access road while a total of four appliances from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service tackled the flames.

Firefighters had fully extinguished the blaze by 8pm, but considerable damage was caused to the premises.

The fire spread throughout the factory compound, causing extensive damage to stock and the outside of the building.

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspected arson and a joint investigation has been launched by the police and fire service.

Forensics officers have this morning carried out an examination of the scene and house-to-house enquiries are taking place in the area, while CCTV footage from the factory and other nearby buildings is being checked.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “This fire has caused considerable damage and we are treating this as a criminal inquiry.

“If anyone has any information or who saw anyone in the area, we would urge them to contact us on 101 – quoting the reference DHM-06012019-0303 - or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”