Portslade; Arsonist Hits School

Arsonists have set fire to an outdoor classroom and playground in Portslade. See pictures from St Nicolas Primary in Locks Hill and read the Police statement.


Police statement


Police were informed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue of a fire in the grounds of St Nicolas Primary School, Locks Hill, Portslade, at 2.10am on Wednesday (17 June).
 
A wooden decking area away from the school buildings had been set on fire. It was put out by firefighters.
 
Police are appealing for witnesses who saw anything suspicious to contact them on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or ring 101 quoting serial 0115 of 17/06.

 

St Nicholas Playground before

Outdoor playground before fire

 

St Nicholas after the fire

After the fire

 

Outdoor classroom before

Outdoor classroom before


St Nicholas after the fire

After the fire

 

The school has put this letter from a pupil on its website

St. Nicolas CE Primary School
Locks Hill
Portslade

17th June 2015


To the person or people who came into our school grounds last night,

When we came to school this morning, we discovered that our outdoor classroom had been burned down and destroyed. There was nothing left but bits of wood and ashes.

We don’t understand why you wanted to do this. Were you angry with our school and wanted revenge? Was it the result of a dare from your friends? Maybe you meant to start a small fire, but it got out of control.

You may not realise this but you have made us feel sad because it was built by our parents & carers who gave up their own time and money to improve our school grounds. We also feel afraid as our school is usually a very safe environment and now that has been threatened. Finally, we feel angry because an area of the school that was going to be active has been ruined for no good reason.

The damage you caused last night has affected our school in many ways. The outdoor classroom was part of our nature area, and this will have an impact on the animals and plants that live there. Other areas near the outdoor classroom will not be safe to use until it has been carefully dealt with. Also, it had only recently been built and equipped, and now many children and clubs won’t ever have the chance to use it.

We as a school forgive you for doing this. We doubt you will come forward and admit that you caused the fire, however we would like you to think about your actions and not do anything like this again. Maybe you could do something helpful elsewhere to make up for the effect that you’ve had on our community.

Yours faithfully,

The family of St. Nicolas Primary School

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