Schoolboys arrested on suspicion of arson at former Cadbury family home

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Three schoolboys have been arrested on suspicion of arson, in connection with a fire at a former manor house which was once home to the Cadbury family.

Police and fire crews were called to Northfield Manor House on Griffin Close, Northfield, Birmingham on Wednesday night after a fire tore through the roof of the building, which has been empty for several years.

At its height, up to 100 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Police have now arrested three schoolboys in connection with the fire

The youngsters – aged 12, 14 and 15 – were taken into custody where they were questioned yesterday evening and later released on bail pending further inquiries.

It came as new aerial footage of the aftermath of the blaze was released by West Midlands Fire Service.

(Footage from Ben Diamond/West Midlands Fire Service)

Investigations are still ongoing and witnesses are still urged to come forward.


Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Smoke from Wednesday night's fire was visible from the Lickey Hills.

The building is disused after last being used as a halls of residence by the University of Birmingham in 2007.

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