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Crews still at the scene of police training centre fire

Fire crews at the police training centre in Portishead on Tuesday Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Investigations into a fire at the new police firearms training centre in Portishead cannot begin until the fire is fully extinguished and structural engineers confirm that it is safe to enter the building.

Crews were still damping down at the scene in Black Rock Quarry last nigh and specialist equipment has been brought in to help gain access to the centre.

The cause is currently being treated as unexplained - despite claims from an anarchist group that they started the fire on Monday night.

Latest on fire at police training centre in Portishead

Fire crews at the firearms training centre on Tuesday Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Avon Fire & Rescue Service says it's unlikely investigators will be able to get on site today (Thursday).

There are still a number of fires burning under the roof of the police training centre at Black Rock Quarry in Portishead.

Specialist equipment is being brought in to make cuts in the walls so entry can be gained that way.

Two fire engines and a high volume pump are involved in pumping water onto the centre.

The investigation will not begin until the fire is out and it is safe to enter the building.


Police hope to start their investigation on Thursday

Police officers and fire investigators are hoping they may be able to start their investigations on Thursday.

The Fire Brigade is still working on the site looking for hotspots within the burning remains.

No work can be done until the structural engineers have assessed the site.

The fire is still being treated as an unexplained fire, despite claims from an anarchist group they started the blaze.

Full report: Website claims of responsibility to blaze

Avon and Somerset Police has confirmed that Special Branch is investigating claims that a multi-million pound firearms training centre - was deliberately set alight by anarchists.

Smoke could be seen from miles away after the blaze broke out yesterday morning at Portishead.

Today, a Bristol website has posted messages, claiming to be from a group who say they started it.

Katie Rowlett reports:


Claims that group started fire at Police training centre

A Bristol website has posted claims by a group purporting to call themselves Angry Foxes Cell that it started the fire at the new regional Police training centre in Portishead which is under construction.

Avon and Somerset Police said its investigation is ongoing and Valley Road remains closed while Fire Investigators look into the cause of the blaze.

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