New appeal for Kinellar school fire witnesses

Part of the nursery and P1 area was damaged in the Kinellar School fire.
Part of the nursery and P1 area was damaged in the Kinellar School fire.
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Police investigating a fire believed to have been started deliberately at Kinellar Primary School have made a fresh appeal for witnesses.

The building in Blackburn reopened to pupils and staff on Wednesday following the New Year’s Day blaze which damaged an area used by nursery and P1 pupils.

Officers are reassuring the community that they are committed to finding those responsible.

Detective Sergeant George Nixon said: “While the school has reopened today enquiries are continuing to trace those responsible and we are re-issuing our appeal to the community for information.

“A number of people would have been walking in the area following New Year’s Eve parties and may have seen something unusual or suspicious.

“We are appealing for them to come forward. We are also aware that a number of people turned up at the school during the early stages of the fire and we are appealing to them to let us know if they saw anything or know anything.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of education resources and performance, Craig Clement, said: “I would like to thank those who work in the school, employees from across the council, neighbouring schools and the local community for their help in making sure the school could be re-opened and the nursery accommodated. It was a fantastic effort by all concerned.

“Obviously we are deeply disappointed that this appears to have been started deliberately and urge anyone with information to contact the police.”

The nursery will open on Thursday at Kinellar Community Hall.