Two arrested in Crooked House pub fire investigation

25th August 2023 | Jack Oliver

Detectives have arrested two men in connection with a fire at ‘Britain’s wonkiest pub’.

Staffordshire Police been treating the blaze at The Crooked House in Himley, near Wolverhampton, as arson.

A 66-year-old man, from Dudley, and a 33-year-old man, from Milton Keynes, have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

They remain in custody and are being questioned by officers while the investigation continues.

The pub caught fire on Saturday 5 August before subsequent demolition work by its new owners began two days later.

Demolition work at the site has now been halted after local residents staged a sit-in protest.

The pub was one of 61 put on the market by Marston’s earlier this year, as the group looked to focus on maximising returns within its core estate. It was listed with a guide price of £675,000

Mining in the 1800s gave the building, which was originally a farmhouse, its distinctive wonkiness. It was a pub since the 1830s.


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