Greater Manchester Police are urging the public to keep the identity of a youth arrested on suspicion of an arson attack at Manchester Dog’s Home anonymous.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson less than an hour after the blaze on Moss Bank Road in Harpurhey had started and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
And amidst continuing police investigations surrounding the savage fire, which claimed the lives of 60 dogs on Thursday September 11, GMP have urged people not to discuss the identity of the suspected offender on social media.
Detective Inspector Neil Jones said: “The community reaction on Friday and over the weekend has been truly humbling; the public have really pulled out all the stops to help the dogs’ home.
“There has been speculation on social media as to the identity of the offender and I would like to ask people to not to speculate.
“If anyone has any information about this fire I would urge them to contact us. You may be scared to come forward but I want to reassure you that we will support you and the information you supply will be kept in the strictest confidence.”
Touched by the saddening news of the fire many people arrived at the scene of the raging inferno with food and blankets and a fundraising page has managed to raise over £1.4million in four days.
Emergency services will be present at the dogs’ home all week.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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