Arsonists target two more Merseyside pubs in vendetta against family of licensees
A VENDETTA against a family of Liverpool licensees saw two more pubs targeted by arsonists today.
Fire crews were called to the Fountains Abbey, in Walton Road, Kirkdale, and The Park Brow, in Park Brow Drive, Kirkby, in the early hours.
Both pubs are owned by Bernham Ltd, the company run by well-known publican Ian Caine and his sons.
Numerous pubs linked to them have been torched in recent weeks.
The Park Brow was gutted in the attack after flames ripped through the Pub
– these dramatic pictures were taken by a passing motorist.
The blaze broke out at around 2.30am when, it is believed, a window was smashed and petrol poured through.
The flames tore through the bar area and up into the first floor. No-one was inside at the time.
Five fire engines were sent to the scene. Firefighters spent 40 minutes battling to get the blaze under control.
Watch manager Simon Bates, from Kirkby fire station, said: “When we arrived the fire was already well developed on the ground floor and had spread to the first floor. The damage was extensive. Thankfully no-one was in residence at the time.”
At around 1.50am Merseyside firefighters were called to the Fountains Abbey by the landlord.
He was asleep in the flat above the Pub
when he heard the sound of smashing glass down below. Looking out of his window he spotted a shadowy figure in the street and frightened him off.
But a fire had already been started outside the Pub
, with petrol poured against the wall and then set alight.
All of the damage was contained to the outside of the Pub
Crime scene investigators were expected to visit both premises today in their hunt for clues.
A top-level meeting of chief police officers was also due to take place today as they try to stem the wave of arson attacks across Merseyside.
More than 12 pubs have been set alight in the last month alone.
Pubs in Liverpool city centre, West Derby, Edge Hill, Norris Green, Walton, Huyton and Hoylake have all been targeted.Anyone with information should contact police on 0151 709 6010 or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111. THE ECHO