CCTV appeal after Lincoln clothing rail for the homeless burnt down

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Police have issued an image of a man they are looking to speak to in connection with a suspected arson in Lincoln.

As reported previously, a clothing rail dubbed the Lincoln Warm Rail was burnt down on Friday, January 5.

The project, set up by community group Compassionate Lincoln, provided donated clothes and supplies to rough sleepers in the city.

Investigating officers have issued an appeal to identify the man pictured as they believe he can help with enquiries.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “On January 5 at 4am we were called to assist the fire service with a fire that had begun next to the Cardinal’s Hat pub on the High Street, Lincoln.

“We are currently treating this as arson. If you recognise this man, please call 101 quoting incident 36 of January 5. To report anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

People in the city reacted with shock and outrage after news of the fire broke. Headlines also lead to a number of people coming forward to offer their support to Compassionate Lincoln.

The group has said a plan is in place for a replacement rail.

Plans are in place for a replacement.