Worle fire - suspect released without charge
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 November 2010
THE man previously suspected of setting fire to a Worle business been released without charge and officers are no closer to solving the mystery behind the devastating blaze.
Noble House Chinese takeaway in High Street was gutted in May and a man was arrested soon after.
Only the seven koi karp were left in one piece when flames ripped through the family business and fire investigators scoured the burnt-out shell for clues.
This week police revealed that the main suspect in the investigation had been released without charge and no further action is to be taken against him.
Owner Ah Ser’s grand plans to create a new Chinese restaurant next door to the devastated takeaway had to be put back about six months, but it is now hoped that both will be open before Christmas.
Mr Ser said: “We’re just finishing the takeaway and restaurant at the moment.
“We hope both will be open by Christmas, the takeaway perhaps in two weeks.
“We are just putting the finishing touches to things and we have been able to rebuild everything because the insurance money came through.
“We’ve been working quite hard on things to be able to get it all up together.”
Me Ser, who has two other takeaways in Weston and Worle, says the fire did not spread to his next door property where the partly-built restaurant was, but it did virtually destroy the upstairs flats as well as the downstairs takeaway.
A cash box was also taken in the wake of the incident, containing a small amount of money.
* Anyone with information about the fire can call police on 0845 4567000.