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Teen held over Miss Selfridge arson

An 18-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a Miss Selfridge store in Manchester city centre was set alight.

The fire damage at the clothes shop was among 100 premises targeted by looters and vandals who ran amok on Tuesday night.

The teenager was detained in the city at about 2pm on Wednesday and remains in police custody for questioning.

Assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police Garry Shewan said: "This is a prime example of how quickly we are working. Only 18 hours after the incident, we have turned around the CCTV and identified someone we want to speak to in connection with this offence. We will work just as quickly through all the hundreds of hours of material at our disposal to ensure the right people end up in front of the courts and face justice for their actions."

Police reinforcements from other forces have been drafted in to avoid a repeat of Tuesday night's disorder in both Manchester and Salford.

Around 1,000 police were on duty on Tuesday night - with 800 in Manchester city centre - but those numbers have been bolstered with officers from other North West forces and wider areas joining them.

Manchester returned to some sense of normality earlier as around 200 volunteers gathered at Piccadilly Gardens where they were equipped with brushes, bags and gloves and sent out to help with the clean-up of the city.

Passers-by in Market Street took pictures of the burnt-out Miss Selfridge shop on their mobile phones while staff at other stores like Nike, Jessops and numerous phone shops and supermarkets tried their best to get back to normal after their front windows had been smashed in.

Police said there were no reports of major incidents of disorder tonight in Greater Manchester as the number of arrests rose to 145. More than 110 of those charged are currently appearing before a special sitting at Manchester Magistrates' Court.

Meanwhile, two men aged 26 and 28, both from Salford, were arrested after police seized a balaclava, a bag of ball bearings, a fuel can, drugs and cash following a vehicle search in Salford.


From Belfast Telegraph