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Appeal for witnesses to a suspected arson at former pub in Stroud

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Police are appealing for witnesses to a suspected arson that took place at a former pub in Stroud earlier this week.

Police were contacted on Monday evening (3 January) with a report that two unknown males had been seen running from the disused Market Tavern – formerly the Pelican.

The incident took place around 9.15pm and it is understood that two people had entered the building before starting a fire in one of the rooms.

A member of the public saw the pair run in the direction of Cornhill and described them as both having dark hair, one wearing a black jacket and the other having a black jacket on. The incident is currently being treated as arson and investigating officers are conducting CCTV enquiries. 

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed suspicious activity or has information on what happened is asked to please get in contact. Information can be submitted online by completing the following form and referencing incident 450 of 3 January: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/

Alternatively, you can call police on 101, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org

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