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Published On: Thu, Oct 12th, 2017 at 1:49pm

15-year-old boy charged following fire at Loanhead primary school

Police  have charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with a wilful fire-raising which took place around 8.20pm on Saturday 23rd September at Paradykes Primary School in Loanhead.

A shed containing specialist play equipment estimated at a value of approximately £10,000 was destroyed after deliberately being set on fire. The 15-year-old will now be reported to the Children’s Reporter.

Inspector John Dryden of Penicuik Police Station said, “Starting fires deliberately can not only cause damage to property but also poses a risk to life or serious injury.

“It was fortunate on this occasion that no one was injured as a result of the fire, however, children who rely on the specialist equipment have been deprived of these resources.

“Reckless acts such as this will not be tolerated and I urge members of the community to contact Police if they know or suspect anyone to be involved in such activity”.

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About the Author


John graduated from Telford College in 2010 with an HNC in Practical Journalism and since then has worked for the North Edinburgh News, The Southern Reporter, the Irish News Review and the Edinburgh Reporter. In addition he has been published in the Edinburgh Evening News and the Hibernian HC Programme.

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