Boak factory fire courtesy Sgt John De Hayes (@ResponseSgt)

Arson appeal over Boak burning

Boak factory fire courtesy Sgt John De Hayes (@ResponseSgt)
Boak factory fire courtesy Sgt John De Hayes (@ResponseSgt)

Walsall police are appealing for information about Monday night’s torching of the former Boak factory on the corner of Navigation Street and Station Street, Walsall, which was widely reported live on Twitter after the fire took hold.

The police are officially treating the fire as arson, and are urging members of the public to come forward with any information they may have about the incident.

Emergency services were called to the long-disused Boak leather currying factory, originally know as the Ravenscraig works, on Monday at around 10.30pm.

The fire, which was visible from as far away as Leamore and was the topic of much agitated discussion on Twitter as well as at the AGM of Walsall Civic Society on Tuesday evening completely destroyed the Grade II listed building and roads in the vicinity were closed for days as the premises were made safe.

Detectives from force CID in Bloxwich have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious from around 9pm on Monday evening to come forward.

If you have any information that may help the investigation then please call DC Matthew Jones at force CID by calling 101. Alternatively you can leave information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.