Boy charged after school blaze causes £10k damage

Fire damage at the Kabin's storage shed in Loanhead. Picture: Scott Louden
Fire damage at the Kabin's storage shed in Loanhead. Picture: Scott Louden
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Police in Midlothian have charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with a wilful fire-raising in Loanhead that damaged £10,000 worth of specialist play equipment.

The incident happened around 8.20pm on Saturday 23 September at Paradykes Primary School.

Fire damage at the Kabin's storage shed in Loanhead. Picture: Scott Louden

Fire damage at the Kabin's storage shed in Loanhead. Picture: Scott Louden

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”.