Vandals set fire to archery club shed

The burnt-out remains of the Archery Club's shed. Picture: Greg Macvean
The burnt-out remains of the Archery Club's shed. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Teenage firebugs are suspected of torching a storage hut containing valuable archery equipment at a city university.

The shed at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus was razed to the ground in an early-morning fireraising incident.

A range of archery equipment, including targets, bows and arrows, was completely 
destroyed in the blaze.

Youths are believed to be behind the incident, which took place in the early hours of April 23. A local resident raised the alarm when they spotted 
several bushes on fire.

The value of the equipment has not been revealed by the Napier University Archery Society, whose members were sitting exams at the time.

The club was dealt a further blow when it was told its insurance would not cover the full cost of the damage.

Society president John Ballantyne was not available for comment, but in a post on the club’s Facebook page, he said: “As some of you may have already heard, a fire broke out recently that has destroyed our equipment shed. We are in contact with the Napier Students’ Association at the moment organising what we have lost and what will be done about it.”

Napier Students’ Association has pledged to help raise cash, and is in the process of setting up a Just Giving page.

There are also plans to get in touch with alumni members to see if they can help.

The Balbardie Archers, an archery club based in West Lothian, has also contacted the university society to offer help.

Napier’s archery society, which has been running for more than ten years, competes in Scottish and UK-wide university level competitions as well as open club competitions.

It also offers coaching services for beginners, who were able to use the stock equipment.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We received a call at 5.49am on April 23 to bushes alight on the campus grounds. An appliance from Sighthill fire station attended and extinguished trees and a shed well alight with two high pressure hose reel jets. We left the scene at 6.12am.”

A university spokesman confirmed that the incident had been reported to police.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said they were investigating. She said: “The incident happened in the early hours of Thursday, April 23 when a hut containing archery equipment was destroyed by fire.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”