Tuesday 23 January 2018

Two men quizzed over head shop blaze

Anita Guidera

TWO men questioned by gardai following a fire that caused substantial damage to a head shop were released without charge last night.

Three fire tenders fought the blaze which broke out at Youtopia in Sligo town at around 12.30am yesterday.

It is believed the blaze was started by an accelerant which was thrown through a window at the front of the shop.

Two men, aged 21 and 31, were arrested close to the scene and taken to Sligo garda station for questioning. Gardai are now preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions. One of the men was later taken to Castlerea Prison on an outstanding warrant.

A garda forensic team carried out a technical examination of the scene.

The shop suffered extensive smoke damage but adjoining buildings were not damaged in the blaze.

The building, which is believed to be owned by a retired garda, was unoccupied at the time.

One line of inquiry being pursued by gardai is that the attack is linked to the illegal drugs trade in the town, which has suffered as a result of the rise in popularity of head shops.

Irish Independent

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