Accrington man in court on arson charge

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THE man who set fire to the empty Accrington Conservative Club causing widespread disruption on the day of the Queen’s visit has appeared in court on a separate arson charge.

Blackburn magistrates heard Colin Peter Andrews, 39, of Whalley Road, Accrington, had been dealt with by a caution for the Conservative Club attack.

But he was charged with arson after setting fire to trailers, a polly tunnel and plants to the total value of £1,500 belonging to Tinkerbrook Nurseries at Oswaldtwistle.

Andrews pleaded guilty to the offence and was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said as well as the fire at the Conservative club and the latest offence Andrews had previously received a five year sentence for arson. He also asked for four fire related offences to be taken into consideration.

The blaze at the derelict Conservative Club building, which was also formerly Churchill's nightclub, in Cannon Street happened on May 16 when The Queen and Prince Philip visited the town as part of a visit which also included a trip to Burnley.

It was timed to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The fire had mainly taken hold in the first and second floors, including the famous old ballroom.

Crews broke in to the rear of the building to fight the blaze from inside. A hazardous materials unit arrived to deal with run-off water.

Staff from the neighbouring Howarth and Nuttall solicitors office were evacuated, while parents had to go through the cordon to collect youngsters from First Class Childcare.

Plans were discussed in 2010 to demolish the building, including its famous ballroom, after it fell into disrepair.

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10:42pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Marsdogs says...

So for attempting to burn down a historic building to disrupt the Queen's visit, he received a caution.
Surely that crime alone renders a caution as inadequate?!
So for attempting to burn down a historic building to disrupt the Queen's visit, he received a caution. Surely that crime alone renders a caution as inadequate?! Marsdogs
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10:50pm Sat 8 Sep 12

floydbrfc says...

yes but call someone a #### or a ##### and they will throw the book at you .British justice 2012
yes but call someone a #### or a ##### and they will throw the book at you .British justice 2012 floydbrfc
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12:10am Sun 9 Sep 12

Shorty Medlocke says...

What a worthless creepy little toerag Colin Andrews must be.
What a worthless creepy little toerag Colin Andrews must be. Shorty Medlocke
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8:52am Sun 9 Sep 12

tealeaf56 says...

Is arson, like burglary, an act which requires courage (according to the judges)?
Is arson, like burglary, an act which requires courage (according to the judges)? tealeaf56
  • Score: 7

12:25pm Sun 9 Sep 12

senlac1066 says...

put him in a cell with a box of matches and tin of lighter fuel....then DONT send for the fire brigade ....who risk their lives for WORTHLESS TOE-RAGS like COLIN ANDREWS
put him in a cell with a box of matches and tin of lighter fuel....then DONT send for the fire brigade ....who risk their lives for WORTHLESS TOE-RAGS like COLIN ANDREWS senlac1066
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3:19pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Luddite says...

I wonder if he was involved in the fire at the former Barnes's furniture shop on Canon Street Accrington?
I wonder if he was involved in the fire at the former Barnes's furniture shop on Canon Street Accrington? Luddite
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8:16pm Sun 9 Sep 12

2 for 5p says...

Colin Andrews M.B.E
Colin Andrews M.B.E 2 for 5p
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9:43am Mon 10 Sep 12

happycyclist says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Colin Andrews M.B.E
More British Excrement
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Colin Andrews M.B.E[/p][/quote]More British Excrement happycyclist
  • Score: 2

7:06am Mon 17 Sep 12

jonsta says...

this man must have a burning desire to attract attention to himself
this man must have a burning desire to attract attention to himself jonsta
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