Teens arrested over M1 fire

Fove youths age between 14 and 17 are being quizzed by cops

FIVE teenagers are being questioned in connection with a suspicious fire which closed parts of the M1 for six days.

The youths aged between 14 and 17 were arrested after detectives carried out series of dawn raids in Barnet and Harrow this morning (Wednesday).

The blaze at Apex Metal Recycling, in Mill Hill, which is situated under the motorway, caused traffic misery for thousands of motorists after concerns that the fire may have caused structural damage on the sections between Edgware and Staples Corner.

Detectives seized a number of items from the youths’ homes for forensic examination.

DCI Mark Roycroft of Barnet CID, investigating officer, said: “Although we are pursuing a number of active leads into these fires we would still ask that anyone who has any information about these crimes contact Barnet police.

“Your information could be invaluable to the investigation and bringing those responsible to justice”.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Barnet police on 0300 123 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on Tel 0800 555 111.