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Three arrested in connection with major fire in Ipswich

Fire at the former Tolly Cobbold Brewery Credit: Sky Cam East

Three people have been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at the former Tolly Cobbold brewery site on Ipswich's waterfront.

Police and firefighters were called to the site at Cliff Quay at around 4.35pm on Sunday, February 23.

Surrounding roads were closed as crews tackled the blaze.

A 29-year-old man was arrested later in that evening on suspicion of arson.

On Monday, a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson and a 44-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, where they remain.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious activity at the time of the fire is urged to contact Suffolk police and quote crime reference 37/11543/20.

Fire at the former Tolly Cobbold Brewery Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I think it's the fact that it's in a bad state is disappointing, in that we as a society cannot save these buildings and look after these buildings until such time as we find a better use for them.

"So the fact that people had been in taking photographs, doing damage, taking the non-ferrous metal is all disappointing and is something that we should be able to control, we should be able to stop, and the fact that at the end of that process somebody gets in and sets fire to it for whatever reason, is of course disastrous but almost expected. A sad loss to the town"

– John Norman, Chairman, Ipswich Society

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