Teenager arrested after fire at Lakeside Shopping Centre

Officers investigating a fire at Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of arson.

Essex Fire Service was initially called out to the blaze in a stairwell of a multi-story car park shortly before 3pm on Sunday July 7.

Their investigation revealed suspicious circumstances around the incident.

Police attended and conducted forensic enquiries along with reviewing CCTV. As a result of this work, a 17-year-old boy, from Grays, was arrested on Tuesday July 9 on suspicion of arson.

He was questioned and released on bail with conditions while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information can let police know by submitting a report on their website at www.essex.police.uk/digital101 or by using the online Live Chat service which is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.

Please cite incident reference number 42/103953/24.