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West Midlands Mayor calls for Crooked House to be rebuilt 'brick by brick'

The Mayor of the West Midlands has called for The Crooked House pub to be rebuilt "brick by brick" after it was torn down less than 48 hours after being gutted by a huge fire.

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The pub had stood in the area for decades, but appears to have been razed to the ground. Photo: Andy Cashmore

Andy Street has written to South Staffordshire Council to take action in the wake of the blaze and subsequent demolition.

It is yet to be known who is responsible for the building's demolition.

On Twitter, Mayor Andy Street pledged to "not let the Crooked House be consigned to history".

He said: "We've asked South Staffordshire to ensure the Crooked House Pub is rebuilt brick by brick and any attempt to change its use blocked.

"We believe that great pubs have immense cultural and historical value here in the West Midlands - and we should be taking steps to protect and preserve their heritage.

"The reaction of so many of you to the tragic fire at The Crooked House tells us we are not alone. We are on it."

In a letter addressed to the leader of South Staffordshire Council, Mr Street wrote: "This pub may just be over the border in your county of Staffordshire, but it holds real cultural and historical significance to the West Midlands.

"We therefore found it deeply upsetting to see the iconic location gutted in this way."

The area around where the pub stood is now covered in rubble. Photo: Andy Cashmore

The mayor then went on to call for action from South Staffordshire Council, asking for the building to be "rebuilt brick by brick."

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