As the police investigation in to the Eastbourne Pier fire continues, traders who were affected by the blaze are to be re-homed for this weekend’s airborne show.
Police are awaiting repairs to a hard drive which is currently being rebuilt and contains CCTV images.
It is hoped this could significantly aide their investigation.
Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien said, “It’s going to be a protracted investigation and there are a number of lines of enquiry on how the pier fire started.
“Human intervention, deliberate or accidental has been the most likely cause. The forensic material, hard drives are being rebuilt by forensic specialists in order to obtain that material. It still remains a joint investigation between the police, fire and interested parties.”
The hard drives are being rebuilt in Wales. Authorities have also urged people to stay away from the pier.
While security is there to keep people from walking onto the structure, some have reportedly tried to approach the pier by swimming in search of money that had fallen into the sea. Pictures have emerged, though, that show safes have now been retrieved from the water and the Police have told potential treasure hunters to stay away as it is not safe.
Eastbourne Borough Council revealed this week the promenade under the pier is safe, however.
It will come as a boost to traders, who are being located at temporary stalls and pop-up shops on the promenade for this weekend’s Airborne show.
The Fishing Tackle shop, Pier Gift Shop, Pic n Mix Sweets, Sugar Rush, Hotdog stand and Daniel’s pop up café will all be located east of the pier.
The Glass Studio and Military Bears, will be trading in the Carpet Gardens opposite the Burlington Hotel.
Traders can also start to make applications to the Pier Benevolent Fund. The fund was set up to help businesses badly affected by the fire and cases are being assessed on an individual basis.
The benevolent fund has raised nearly £5,000 to date. See page 74-77 for more pier fire stories.