UPDATE: Police say fire-damaged Robin Cousins sports centre in Bristol will be demolished
A FORMER sports centre wrecked in an arson attack will have to be demolished, say police.
Confirming that the blaze which gutted the former Robin Cousins sports centre in Shirehampton was started deliberately, an Avon and Somerset force spokesman said the building had been left in an unsafe state by the fire.
He said two people had been seen going to the building shortly after 11pm on Tuesday and starting the fire.
"The fire service attended to extinguish the flames and we immediately began enquiries into the cause of the fire," said the spokesman.
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“It has been established that the fire was started deliberately.
"The building was badly damaged in the fire and is now unsafe and will require demolition.
“We are treating this incident very seriously and are continuing our enquiries.
"We would like to speak to anyone who saw the fire being started or people acting suspiciously in the area."
Anyone with information should call DC John Scott on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Witnesses can also give information online to the police