Police investigating the New Hacketts Hotel blaze on Blackpool’s sea front earlier this week have today (Thursday 27th April) arrested two teenagers. Lancashire Police confirmed officers have arrested an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy in Blackpool on suspicion of criminal damage – arson endangering life. The two teenagers are currently in custody.
DC Dan Knowles, of Blackpool CID, said: ‘This fire has caused irreparable damage to this building and required a significant emergency response. While I’m keeping an open mind to its cause, I would ask anybody with information or footage which could assist our enquiries to make contact as soon as possible.’ Witnesses should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting log 822 of April 24, 2023.