Three teenagers arrested following arson attack in Chippenham

Alert message sent 16/04/2019 11:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

We are appealing for witnesses to a suspected arson attack in Chippenham yesterday.

We were called by the fire service to Ivy Lane Primary School, near to the town centre, at around 12.10pm on Monday April 15.

It is believed the fire was started in a bush, near to the main road, but spread to a school building causing damage to the roof. 

Three local teenage boys - one aged 14 and two aged 15 - have been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. One of the 15-year-olds has been released with no further action, while the other two have been released on police bail while further enquiries are carried out. 

Det Sgt Adam Fleetwood-Brown said: “We are treating this incident as arson with intent to endanger life and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a group of teenagers in the vicinity of Ivy Lane Primary School at lunch time yesterday. We believe they ran off along the alleyway near to Providence Terrace following the incident. 

“I’d like to take this opportunity to urge parents to be mindful of their children’s whereabouts during the school holidays. I know that the majority of young children will be enjoying their Easter break safely and would never consider behaving in such a mindless way - I do not want the recklessness of a small group of individuals to ruin things for others. 

“It is incredibly fortunate that nobody was hurt during this incident as there were children at the school at the time taking part in a holiday club – luckily they were all evacuated quickly and safely.

“The damage caused to the roof of the building is substantial and will be costly and inconvenient to repair.

“The school is located in a busy area of the town, and I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time, including any drivers with dash cam footage, to please get in touch.”

Anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation should call 101 and quote log number 118 of April 15. 

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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