Crooked House fire: Two more people arrested over blaze at 'Britain's wonkiest pub'

Two more people have been arrested by police investigating a fire at a pub known as "Britain's wonkiest".

Officers are investigating a suspected arson attack that led to the demolition of The Crooked House pub in Himley, near Dudley, on 5 August.

A 34-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, both from Leicestershire, were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson with intent or being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

Staffordshire Police said the pair had been released on conditional bail while its investigation continues.

A 66-year-old man, a 51-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, who were all previously arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, are still on conditional police bail.

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Within 48 hours of the blaze, the remnants of the 18th-century building were demolished without permission.

Staffordshire Council said it had only sanctioned the bulldozing of the top floor following safety fears.

According to local Conservative MP Marco Longhi, the demise of the pub has "struck a very real chord of sadness and anger" within the community.

Speaking in the House of Commons, he asked for a debate to take place over how to better protect heritage pubs.

Police are still appealing for information, with people being urged to call 101.