Arsonist sets himself on fire in new swinger’s club attack

CCTV of arson attack at swinger's club in Chorley
CCTV of arson attack at swinger's club in Chorley

An arsonist set himself alight with his own petrol bomb during the latest arson attack at a Chorley swingers’ club.

Firefighters were called to the No 3 club, on Friday Street, Chorley, at 8.50pm on Tuesday after the owner of Pasquill’s Gym, also on Friday Street, caught the offenders in action.

There was nobody in the club at the time of the attack – but it is less than a month since it was last targeted.

According to Gordon Pasquill, who called 999, said there were two vandals involved, with one throwing a brick at the top window before hurling a petrol bomb.

The bomb rebounded before landing on the arsonist, setting fire to his clothing.

Mr Pasquill, who has owned the gym for more than 20 years, said: “I was at the gym last night, and one of the lads at the gym saw two lads on bicycles.

“One of them threw a brick at the top window, and then a petrol bomb, which came back and landed on him.

“He then ran round the side of the building.

“He will definitely be burnt, as there was a lot of petrol involved.

“I phoned the fire brigade and the police, and they got here very quickly.

“I think that a camera needs to be put in place, before somebody is actually in that club.

“It will be murder next, not arson.”

A tenant of the swingers’ club, who wanted to remain unnamed, said: “Nobody is catching anybody and it needs to be stopped.

“The lads apparently ran away on fire, so it’s getting quite dangerous now.

“We just want them caught before anybody gets hurt or killed.”

Both men were seen running across Stump Lane having run out from Stratford Road and then on to Mayfield Road where they have disappeared from sight.

Det Sgt John Entwisle from Chorley CID said: “This is the third attack on these premises in recent weeks and I would urge members of the public to come forward if they have any information which could assist with our investigation.

“We suspect that the person responsible will have suffered burns as a result of this incident, specifically on their head and perhaps hands.

“I am keen to speak with anybody that has sustained burn injuries since Tuesday, even if they don’t have any information about the incident itself.

“This is a serious offence which has had a considerable impact on the club and had the potential to endanger life, including that of the offender.”

Call Chorley CID on 01257 246283 or Lancashire Police on 101.