14-year-old arrested after hotel fire

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an arson attack at a derelict Thetford hotel. The building was made famous by the Dad's Army television series.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an arson attack at a derelict Norfolk hotel.

Firefighters were called to the historic Anchor Hotel, in Thetford, at the weekend following reports of a blaze at the building, which was made famous by the Dad's Army television series.

Five crews spent several hours tackling the fire at the boarded-up 18th century property, in Bridge Street, which originated on the ground floor and caused “extensive” heat and smoke damage.

Phil Berry, Thetford station manager, today confirmed that the blaze, which began at about 7.30pm, on Saturday was being treated as arson.

Norfolk Police also confirmed that a 14-year-old local youth had been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information about the Anchor Hotel blaze is asked to contact PC Michael Andrews at Thetford police station on 0845 456 4567.