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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Thousands of pounds have been raised for a children’s miniature railway ride after a fire ripped through the clubhouse causing lasting damage. Today, Merseyside Police said it was believed the fire, which occurred at the much-loved children’s attraction, Merseyside Live Steam and Model Engineer was started deliberately. The fire broke out at the ride’s headquarters which is located on the grounds of Calderstones Park. Emergency services were called to the scene at Harthill Road in Allerton on Sunday, May 2. Club Chairman, Arthur Brook who spoke to the Echo in the aftermath of the fire said the whole ordeal has come as a shock and despite issues of security in the past, "they have never been treated this badly before." A crowdfunding campaign was initiated in order to raise money for a rebuild of the premises and in just two days, over £7,000 has been donated. The fire destroyed everything in the clubhouse including the control gear which helps run the miniature trains with electricity supply cut off. Arthur said: “They’ve had to cut our electricity supply for safety so until we can get the hut rebuilt they can’t give us back the electricity supply for the trains to work, so it’s all a knock on effect.” The club runs entirely on donations and the time kindly given by its devoted volunteers who help keep the place running. Arthur added:“We are a not a profit organisation and we have very little spare money and with Covid, we’ve had a year without any donations so it’s hitting us a bit hard. “We were starting to get ready to reopen again due to easing of restrictions but now we have had our clubhouse burnt down. Merseyside Live Steam and Model Engineers Merseyside Police are treating the incident as arson and are appealing for information as they hunt down the culprits. A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for information following a suspected arson on Harthill Road on Sunday, May 2. "At around 7.55pm Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) alerted police to a fire at an address on Harthill Road, Allerton. "MFRS extinguished the fire and a building was damaged.
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. "Following a joint investigation with MFRS, it is believed the fire was started deliberately and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances."
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Detective Inspector Gary Thomas said: “At this stage we believe this fire was started deliberately, although thankfully nobody in the vicinity was hurt. We're keen to hear from anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the Harthill Road area, or saw the incident itself. "Your footage, descriptions or other information could be vital in finding those responsible, so please come forward and we'll do the rest." Arthur Brooks, Club Chairman said the whole ordeal has come as a shock and despite issues of security in the past, "they have never been treated this badly before." If you wish to donate to miniature railway Just Giving Page, you can do so HERE
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