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Wesley Nightclub fire treated as arson

The Wesley Nightclub ablaze on Saturday night. Photo: Picture courtesy Carl Gorse

Police say they are treating a fire which almost destroyed a Grade II listed building in Hartlepool as arson.

The building, in the centre of the town, is a former church and club, known as the Wesley Nightclub.

The blaze began around 8.30 on Saturday night.

I know a lot of people in Hartlepool have got a lot of fond memories of the building. Hopefully if it doesn't need knocking down it can be restored to somewhere near its former glory.

– Dave Turton, Cleveland Fire & Rescue Service