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Arsonists target Uttoxeter schools

Police and fire bosses are urging people to report suspicious activity around Uttoxeter schools, following arson attacks.

The first saw a shed set alight on December 9 at Picknalls First School.

A second, also involving a shed, was started at Tynsel Parkes First School on December 28.

Station Manager John Kitchener said: “We have seen an increase in the number of deliberate fires in Uttoxeter specifically on school grounds which is extremely concerning. These fires could develop and become far more serious, endangering the buildings and posing a significant risk to life.

"These fires also take up valuable resources which could be used elsewhere to help someone in trouble. Please help us spread awareness of how dangerous it is to set fires and what a drain it is on the emergency services which can all be avoided. Fortunately no one was hurt in the most recent incidents but this could easily have been the case.”

Chief Inspector Jason Nadin, Commander for East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “Each incident has been thoroughly investigated and we thank the public for their support and information.

"At the present time we are following a specific line of investigation but cannot disclose details. We would ask that if anyone has any information then please contact us on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers.”

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