Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

CCTV shows arsonists pour petrol into a strip club and set it alight

Pink Papers in Essex has had to delay its launch after the attack last month (Picture: Essex News and Pictures)

Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment two arsonists poured petrol into a strip club and set it on fire the night before its grand opening.

Pink Papers in Essex has had to delay its launch after the attack last month.

Video from outside the club in Southend shows masked men smashing a front window, before pouring a jerry can of petrol through the hole.

One man then lit rolls of toilet paper on fire and threw them into the building while the other man filmed the entire event on his phone.

When the fuel inside caught fire, the pair escaped to avoid getting caught in the blast.

Owner Andros Stavrou had spent about £80,000 worth of work on the venue, formerly known as Sunset Bar and Lapdancing Club.

Mr Stavrou, 53, said: ‘Thankfully the fire didn’t manage to spread too far, it’s mainly the smoke damage that has caused so much problems.

‘It makes me really, really angry. We were set to open the next night.

‘We’re not allowed to start repairing anything until the insurance company gives us the all clear.

‘When we get that, it should hopefully take about a month to get fixed.’

The arsonists carrying out the attack which they filmed (Picture: EastNews)

Mr Stavrou said many of the construction workers who helped renovate the club will be in quickly to try and repair the damage.

The business owner said many of the exotic dancers he had hired had left jobs to work at the club.

Mr Stavrou added: ‘I feel more sad for them than anything else.

‘A lot of them left their other jobs to start here.’

They smashed a window and then poured in petrol (Picture: EastNews)

An Essex Police spokesperson said: ‘We are investigating a fire at an address in Southend.

‘We received a call shortly before 1.50am on Wednesday 26 February with reports of a fire at Pink Papers bar in Lucy Road.

‘It was reported two men were seen throwing an item at a window of the building and we are treating the fire as arson.’

A fire service spokesman confirmed the fire was extinguished by 2.34am.

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