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Demolition starts of former nightclub damaged in fire

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Demolition work has started on the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington after it was seriously damaged in a suspected arson last night.

Officers have now arrested eight people in connection with a fire including a 43-year-old man and seven teenagers.

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

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Eight arrested for Warrington fire including seven juveniles

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Officers have now arrested eight people in connection with a fire at the former Mr Smith's nightclub. Among those arrested where a 43-year-old local man and seven juveniles.

The juveniles include four 17 year-old males, a 16-year-old male, 16-year-old-girl and a 15-year-old girl. All of the defendants are from the Warrington area and are currently being held on suspicion of Arson.

Emergency services continue to work at the scene, firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors.

Three fire engines are remaining at the scene, and a demolition team has now arrived on-site. Partial demolition is expected to begin later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Road closures remain in place on the A5061, Wilson Patten Street and Parker Street, and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, particularly HGVs. Motorist looking to access Warrington Bank Quay train station are able to do so via Sankey Street.

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Video: Firefighters still fighting Warrington blaze

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

Firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors. However, a partial demolition of the building is planned later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the blaze

Three arrested in connection with Warrington blaze

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze Credit: @BethySmile

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire at the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington a 43-year-old local man and two juveniles.

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

Firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors. However, a partial demolition of the building is planned later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Road closures remain in place on Wilson Patten Street and Parker Street and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, particularly HGVs.

Police helicopter pictures of Warrington fire

More than 50 Firefighters have spent the night battling a blaze at the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington. A police helicopter monitoring the fire took these pictures:

Fire at former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington

More than 50 Firefighters have spent the night battling a blaze at the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington. The main roof of the building has collapsed and motorists are being advised to avoid the area. Wind is blowing smoke across the town cente and emergency services are telling people to keep their doors and windows shut.

Pictures: @BethySmile

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Protest against 'joint enterprise' murder convictions

Stepping up the campaign against Joint Enterprise Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The campaign against a controversial law which led to a Warrington teenager being convicted of murder is being stepped up.

Jordan Cunliffe was jailed for murder under joint enterprise, which allows people to be convicted for being at the scene of a crime even if they weren't directly involved. Families who oppose the law will march through London to hand in a petition to Downing Street.

Jordan Cunliffe convicted under Joint Enterprise Law

Super microscope unveiled in Daresbury

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A new super powerful microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair is being unveiled today.

The instrument will help British scientists in fields such as advanced materials and power generation, and is expected to lead to breakthroughs benefiting health and the environment.

The £3.7 million Nion Hermes Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, to be sited at a laboratory in Daresbury, near Warrington, allows researchers to identify atoms and observe the strength of the bonds between them.

This is expected to improve understanding of their electronic properties when in bulk and how they may perform when used.

The UK is a world leader in the development and application of Stem (Scanning Transition Electron Microscope) techniques, and this new super-powerful microscope will ensure we remain world-class.

From developing new materials for space travel to creating a better, cheaper treatment for anaemia, this new super-powerful microscope lets UK scientists examine how materials behave at a level a million times smaller than a human hair.

– Greg Clark, Minister for universities, science and cities.
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