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UPDATE: Five bailed in connection with M1 scrap yard fire

Five men arrested in connection with the Mill Hill scrap yard fire which closed parts of the M1 motorway have been released on bail.

The five men, aged between 14 and 17 were arrested in a series of early morning arrests across Barnet and Harrow in the early hours of Wednesday 27 April and will be subject to further enquiries in mid-June. The investigation has been linked by CID officers with a series of “suspicious” fires which have broken out across the borough in April.

Barnet borough Detective Chief Inspector Mark Roycroft said: “Although we are pursuing a number of active leads into these fires we would still ask that anyone who has any information about these crimes contact Barnet police. Your information could be invaluable to the investigation and bringing those responsible to justice”.

The scrap yard fire, which occurred in the early hours of 15 April at Apex Metal Recycling, caused “serious damage” to the yard and required the London Fire Brigade to evacuate nearby homes due to the presence of heated gas cylinders in the yard.

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