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Sony warehouse fire "not started by rioters"

New evidence suggests it may have been a professional heist. Stock belonging to 150 independent labels was destroyed in the blaze.

CDs lie among wreckage at the Sony Distribution Centre in Enfield, North London
CDs lie among wreckage at the Sony Distribution Centre in Enfield, North London
Image: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

IT WAS THOUGHT to have been a fire started by rioters – but now it appears that the destruction of the Sony Distribution Centre in North London may have been caused by a professional gang.

The Telegraph reports today that the Sony warehouse in Enfield – which stored amongst its stock thousands of albums belonging to the large independent music distributor PIAS – was “deliberately targeted by a professional gang”.

It says evidence has emerged that suggests the fire was in fact a carefully-planned raid and that the organisers were able to use the London riots to distract from their activities.

The fire took hold of the warehouse on 9 August and left 150 independent record labels without hundreds of thousands of units of stock.

Read the full story in the Telegraph>

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