Police release pictures of man sought over moorland fire

Police investigating the large moorland fire at Winter Hill in Lancashire have released photos of a man officers want to speak to.

The man was a passenger in a black Peugeot, registration MC16 ZNV, which Lancashire Police say was seen in the area around the time the fire was first spotted.

Officers have spoken to the driver of the car as part of the investigation and are trying to identify the passenger.

The blaze was declared a major incident at the end of June after two large fires either side of Winter Hill merged because of increased wind speed.

Two men, aged 22 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of starting the fire but were later released under investigation.

Detective Constable Stuart Lunt, of Chorley CID, said: "This is a complex investigation and we are still working hard to find out how this fire started.

"If you recognise the man in the passenger seat or have any information which could help with our inquiries, please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting log reference 1176 of June 28 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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