Vandalised pub is demolished

The site of the now demolished Sutton Arms pub
The site of the now demolished Sutton Arms pub

A DERELICT St Helens pub which was plagued by arsonists has been razed to the ground.

Firefighters were repeatedly called to arson attacks at the old Sutton Arms pub in Sherdley Road - near Elephant Lane - earlier this year.

They were called out on April 13, April 29 and twice on May 19 - spending a total of 11 hours tackling fires at the scene.

On both April 29 and the second May 19 call-out, the Fire Service’s aerial appliance was also required, due to the severity of each blaze.

Chris Case, the district manager for the fire stations in St Helens, said: “The Sutton Arms Pub has been the target for small fires and anti-social behaviour for a number of months now. The local community has raised concerns through the various partners and through ward meetings during this time.

“Through a multi-agency approach involving the owner, Police, Fire and local authority the site has now been demolished and the waste is being removed to reduce the impact on the local community.”

Work is still in progress to have the site completely cleared.

Mr Case added: “This is an excellent example of agencies, owners and the community working together but it is a sad reality of the financial position that we are seeing an increase in empty properties, especially pubs.”