[WATCH] Fire at Rubery’s oldest pub – derelict Cock Inn fire confirmed as arson

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UPDATE Weds 11th October: West Midlands Fire Service have this morning confirmed that the fire – which destroyed the roof of The Cock Inn – was arson. Read more

Anyone with any information is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

West Midlands Fire Service have this evening (Tuesday 10th October) been dealing with a fire in a derelict Rubery pub which has stood in Rubery Lane for over 200 years. 

Firefighters tackling the blaze at The Cock Inn

Firefighters were called to the vacant and derelict The Cock Inn at just after 6pm to reports of fire in the first floor of the building.

Crews from Northfield and Kings Norton tackled the blaze and a hydraulic platform was used to access the roof.

Northfield Station Commander Lee Baker tweeted that empty buildings pose a risk of anti-social behaviour and arson, which presents dangers for the public and firefighters.

Neither West Midlands Fire Service or West Midlands Police have yet confirmed if the fire is being treated as suspected arson.

However, if you do have any information on what may have started the fire, please call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

The Cock Inn – Past & Present

Built in 1811, The Cock Inn has been heavily vandalised after being vacant for around three years.

It is said that the RAF were billeted at The Cock Inn during WWII and operated barrage balloons at Rubery Quarry, to protect the factories in Longbridge.

Last year, Malvern Estates PLC, alongside Unique Pub Properties PLC, were refused permission to develop the former coaching inn site as part of a 12 property housing development.

Developers resubmitted plans in January this year to address the council’s initial concerns regarding access onto the development and the fact that trees under a Tree Preservation Order would be affected.

However, developers withdrew this application before it went before a planning committee and are expected to submit an application for an alternative site use in the near future.

More if we get it…

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. A week or so ago a blaze at the North Worcestershire golf club; and now this.

    The common denominator – they’re both wanted for housing redevelopment but certain obstacles lie in the way.

    Seems like those “obstacles” have disappeared in a puff of smoke.

    Funny that!

  2. very suspicious, I don’t know whether planning permission has been refused for this site as it was for the North Worcestershire golf club that experienced a similar fate last week. could it be that if these places become an eyesore it might be considered a better option for the council to let these sites go.???

  3. My sentiments exactly, if you look at any of the listed pubs that needed planning permission for development in birmingham you will find that they have been destroyed by some low life arsonist , financed by who? dont take alot of working out.

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