Exeter: Arson attack on Pinhoe Primary School causes £10,000 of damage as shed and equipment are destroyed

Police are appealing for information after an arson attack on Pinhoe Primary School in Exeter caused £10,000 of damage.

A shed at the Harrington Lane site was set alight late on Thursday, February 4,

Firefighters from Middlemoor and Danes Catle were called at around 11.20pm.

The structure, worth around £1,000, and sports and electrical kit worth approximately £9,000 were destroyed.

Flames also partially destroyed surrounding fencing.

Police say the blaze is the latest in a ‘number of incidents’ at the school in the past fortnight.

Damage caused by the arson attack at Pinhoe Primary School in Exeter.

Damage caused by the arson attack at Pinhoe Primary School in Exeter.

Sergeant Emma Storey-Barrett, of the East Exeter neighbourhood policing team, said: “There is a clear trend of escalating antisocial behaviour (ASB) and sadly criminality in this area during the recent few months.

“There is evidence that these crimes may have been committed by younger people and we have been progressing those identified by means of the ASB escalation process with parents.

“Finding out named suspects for offences after the fact does prove challenging and leaves venues – which includes the primary school and Saracens rugby team which trains there -footing the bill for repairing the damage.

“We will be tackling this in a number of ways over the coming weeks, including introducing street marshals in partnership with Exeter City Council.

“Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We would like to remind everyone that we remain in a national lockdown and that children shouldn’t be out in groups during late evening hours.”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call police on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference number CR/008978/21.

Information about antisocial behaviour in the Pinhoe area can be emailed to exeterneighbourhood@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

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