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23 May 2011, 15:01
Police in Daventry are appealing for witnesses or information following a potentially very serious incident which took place on Friday 20 May at 12.45pm near to the boundary of Danetre School and Hood Road.
A petrol bomb was thrown over the hedge and landed in the school playing field where it exploded near to a group of pupils having a PE lesson.
No one was injured in the explosion, which left an area of grass two meters wide scorched. The offender could not have been sure children would not be hurt.
Following the incident Police arrested four men; three 16 year olds and a 17 year old, all have been released on Police bail pending further enquiries.
Sergeant Sam Dobbs appealed to the public for help:
“I would ask that anyone who witnessed a group of youths in the area, or who has any information which might help the investigation, to come forward. This was a reckless act which we are taking very seriously. If the bomb had landed just two or three meters nearer to the children then someone could have been badly hurt.
“Whilst we take all reports of Anti Social Behaviour seriously, this reckless and shameful behaviour can in no way be described as high jinks. I am sure that Daventry residents will be as shocked as I am by this and I urge anyone who has any information which could help us to come forward”.