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Girl, 14, arrested on suspicion arson with intent to endanger life after blaze at former Newark school building



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A 14-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a blaze at a former school building in Newark.

Emergency services attended the old piano school, off Appletongate, Newark on Wednesday evening last week.

Serious damage was caused to the former old piano school, which is derelict.
Serious damage was caused to the former old piano school, which is derelict.

There were no reported injuries, although it did result in significant damage being caused to the building.

A 14-year-old girl has since been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

Fire confirmed the blaze was arson. Photo: John Edlin (56770795)
Fire confirmed the blaze was arson. Photo: John Edlin (56770795)

She has been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Nicholas Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “This was an incredibly dangerous incident that mercifully didn’t result in anyone being injured.

“The impact of fires such as this can be absolutely devastating and can put people in the surrounding area at serious risk of harm, while also damaging people’s livelihoods.

The night of the incident.
The night of the incident.

“As a force, we will always thoroughly investigate all reports of arson, so that we can keep people in our communities safe.

“We have now arrested a suspect in connection with this incident but our enquires are still ongoing, so we’d ask that anyone who has any information that could assist us with our investigation gets in touch immediately.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101, quoting incident 703 of May 18.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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