Portsmouth teenagers arrested by police investigating suspected arson after fire breaks out at derelict Mr Pickwick pub site in Milton

SIX city teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson after firefighters tackled flames at a derelict pub on Milton Road.

Saturday, 4th June 2022, 11:08 am
Updated Saturday, 4th June 2022, 11:22 am

Police and the fire service scrambled to the site of the former Mr Pickwick pub in Milton yesterday afternoon (June 3).

Now, officers have confirmed that the group of teens have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

The fire occurred between a petrol station and a block of flats, and two crews were needed to tackle the blaze while Milton Road was closed in both directions.

Firefighters have been called to tackle a blaze at the former Mr Pickham pub in Milton. Photo: Mike Osborn

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A 13-year-old boy, four 14-year-old boys, and a 15-year-old boy, all from the Portsmouth area, were arrested following CCTV enquiries.

A police spokesman said: ‘The boys have been released from custody but remain under investigation while we conduct further enquiries.

‘We ask the community to not speculate on the circumstances or the identities of those involved, but to please report any information about this incident to us on 101, quoting 44220219825.’