Police have reported that CCTV hard drives damaged in the blaze that destroyed a third of Eastbourne’s pier have produced useable images. The incident is being treated as deliberate following the fire which damaged the Grade II-listed pier in East Sussex in July 2014.
Forensic experts were brought in to try to rebuild the damaged hard drives. General Manager of the pier, Christos Stylianou said the recovered data showed 30 days of footage from 24 cameras around the arcade site and described it as a “positive development”.
Sussex Police said officers were studying the CCTV images for evidence.
The pier was partially reopened to traders and the public last September after the first stage of reconstruction work was completed. The owners of the pier have said they hope to reopen the main deck to the public within the next month.
Mr Stylianou said: “We’re currently in talks with the local authorities about introducing fairground rides, temporary amusements to make it an attraction and a fun day for families for the 2015 season.”