Destroyed Britains Wonkiest Pub owner is glam jet-setter used to high life

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    The new owner of "Britain's Wonkiest Pub" that burned down in a suspected arson attack is a jet-setter used to the "high life", it is claimed.

    The Crooked House in Himley, West Midlands, attracted visitors from across the globe due to its unique slant, with one side 4ft lower than the other.

    A fire ripped through it last Saturday (August 5) just days after it was announced Marston's Brewery had sold the building to a private buyer for "alternative use".

    READ MORE: Demolished Crooked House pub swarmed by forensics teams as blaze 'treated as arson'

    On Monday (August 7) what was left of The Crooked House was demolished. South Staffordshire Council said the full demolition was "not agreed or deemed necessary".

    Staffordshire Police are continuing to investigate the blaze and said earlier today (Wednesday, August 9) they are treating it as a suspected arson.

    The force also said "we have spoken to, and continue to engage, with the owners" – who are reportedly ATE Farms Ltd.

    MailOnline reports Carly Taylor, 34, controls letting and real estate firm ATE Farms Ltd. She is married to Adam Taylor, 44 – a shareholder of Himley Environmental Ltd which operates a landfill next to The Crooked House site.

    Mrs Taylor's social media shows her on lavish holidays. A relative told MailOnline she has got used to "living the high life".

    Another source told MailOnline Mrs Taylor "loved shopping for designer handbags" and had "dozens of them".

    The publication also reports Mrs Taylor's stepson stressed it was her company that purchased the pub, not her acting in a personal capacity.

    Police said early today the incident is being treated as arson. The statement explained: "Our investigation into a fire at the Crooked House on Himley Road last Saturday (5 August) continues as we try to understand the circumstances, which we are now treating as arson.

    "Firefighters initially responded to try and extinguish the flames, supported by colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service, and police officers closed the road and managed the scene.

    "A specialist fire investigator then examined the scene to try and determine the cause of the fire. In this case, we believe the fire may have been started deliberately and police are now leading the investigation."

    Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Chisholm, Head of Specialist Crime, said: "There is lots of misinformation circulating within communities and online and this is unhelpful. We’re trying to provide accurate and timely updates, but as I am sure you can appreciate, there is a lot of work and liaison with a number of partners which needs to be completed and this takes time.

    "There are also certain things that police and fire do not have the powers to deal with, the decision around partial demolition of the building for example, when the scene was handed back to the owner.

    "We are working hard with our fire colleagues to understand the cause of the fire and are in contact with the landowner, we will keep you updated with any further significant developments."

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