Second blaze at landmark pub

A landmark Burnley pub has been targeted by arsonists for the second time in just five months.

Police are treating the blaze at the derelict Bull and Butcher pub in Manchester Road as deliberate after some seating and items of furniture left inside the premises was set alight on Thursday night at around 10pm. Two fire engines from Burnley spent an hour at the scene tackling the flames.

Inquiries are still continuing into an arson attack in April which caused the partial collapse of the pub and led to part of it being demolished after it was deemed structurally unsafe. Firefighters from across East Lancashire fought the blaze for several hours following after being called to the pub at around 2am on Monday, April 4th.

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Police appealed for information regarding a report of two youths seen in the area immediately before the report of the fire described as between 16-20 years old males, one riding or pushing a bike.

Councillors are calling for something to be done about the historic pub which has been branded an "eyesore" by residents living in Rossendale Avenue which is just yards away.

Anyone with information a out either incidents can contact police on 101 quoting log reference LC2-1060404-0083.