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Teenage girl charged with arson for Sussex school fire

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with arson following a fire at the Millais School in horsham.

The girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and remanded to attend Crawley Magistrates Court today.

The Millais School in Horsham after the blaze on Thursday Credit: Rachael Kearley

The fire broke out on the third floor of the school at about 3pm on thursday 20th March.

Several classrooms in the school and students' GCSE work were destroyed.

All 1,500 girls at the school escaped unhurt.

6 fire engines were sent to tackle the flames last week Credit: Rachael Kearley
The blaze destroyed classrooms as well as students' work Credit: ITV Meridian

Investigation launched into arson attack

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Police are investigating an arson at West Howe Close in Bournemouth Credit: ITV Meridian

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to an arson attack in the Kinson area of the town. Police say a fire was deliberately started at the front door of a house on West Howe Close in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A 56-year-old woman, her two daughters and a granddaughter were in the house at the time but escaped to safety without injury.

Detective Constable Neil Third, of Bournemouth CID, said: "This is an extremely serious incident and it was very fortunate that no one was hurt. Had the smoke alarm not been working we could be dealing with the deaths of four innocent people.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or knows of someone unusually smelling of petrol or smoke since this crime occurred. I urge anyone who has information about this incident or the offenders to contact Dorset Police urgently."

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Mother, daughters and granddaughter caught in house fire started deliberately

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to an arson attack in the Kinson area of the town. A fire was deliberately started at a front door of a house on West Howe Close at three o'clock on Tuesday morning.

A 56 year-old woman, her two daughters (aged 25 and 21) and her two year old granddaughter were in the house at the time. One of the women jumped from a ledge under the window and got a ladder from a neighbours house and helped the others to safety.

They all escaped to safety and no one was injured. No arrests have been made.

This is an extremely serious incident and it was very fortunate that no one was hurt. Had the smoke alarm not been working we could be dealing with the deaths of four innocent people. I am keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or knows of someone unusually smelling of petrol or smoke since this crime occurred. I urge anyone who has information about this incident or the offenders to contact Dorset Police urgently. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

– Detective Constable Neil Third, of Bournemouth CID

Investigation into possible arson attack

Police in Netley are investigating after a suspicious fire in a field next to Fawley Road on Tuesday. Between 8.30pm and 8.45pm wooden horse stables around 500 metres from Hardley roundabout were damaged.

The fire was extinguished before it took hold and no animals are thought to have been injured or inside the stables at the time.

Detectives are now investigating whether the incident is linked to other similar reports in the area. Local people are being asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to after arson

Thames Valley police are looking for this man, following an arson in Newbury.

On the 5th January at around 3am, the offender unsuccessfully tried to set fire to some newspapers at a petrol station in Pinchington Lane, Greenham.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to this man following an arson in Newbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The same person then went on to set fire to stock in the main entrance of a near by Tesco, which caused a considerable amount of damage.

The store was closed at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Sgt Warren Craik, Newbury Local Area CID said, "I am appealing for anyone with information about this incident or anyone who saw what happened to contact the police.

"If you saw anyone acting suspiciously at the time of the incident, please phone our non-emergency number."

Expensive Porsche 911 destroyed in suspected arson

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a Porsche 911 was set alight in Merley, Wimborne.

Police believe it may be arson.

The fire, which is thought to have been started at 22:15 last night, completely destroyed the vehicle and damaged the property adjacent.

If you have any information, please call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 9:481.

The Porsche 911 was completely destroyed
It appears the neighbours Mini Cooper was also damaged

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Fire in Littlehampton now treated as arson and murder

A fire in Littlehampton, where a man died, is now being treated as arson and murder.

Terry Davies, who was 24-years-old, lived in the property in South Terrace when the fire started on Thursday 12th September.

He sadly died from smoke inhalation.

It was originally believed the fire was started by an electrical fault but further investigations by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has found that white spirit had been used instead.

The investigation has now been passed on to the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

Detective Inspector John Wallace said, "A young man lost his life that night because someone started that fire in the property, a fire which could have cost the lives of other occupants who had to be rescued by firefighters.

"We need to find who is responsible."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Annexe.

Arson attacks on cars

Police on the Isle of Wight are appealing for witnesses after three cars were severely damaged in an arson attack in Newport in the early hours of the morning.

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the incident at 3.31am and 3.55 am today after a Citroen C3 and a Ford Mondeo parked to the rear of Carisbrooke Road and a Hyundai SantFE parked in Drill Hall Road public car park reported as being on fire.

We are working with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause of the fires, but believe that they were started deliberately.If you were in the area at the time and saw or heard anything unusual at all please contact police.We are following several lines of enquiry, but would like to hear from any members of the public who can help our investigation."

– Spokesperson, Hampshire Constabulary

Arrests over suspected arson

Two people have been arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack in Southsea. Police were called to a property in Gains Road shortly after 6pm on Friday 18th October.

Petrol had been poured over the front door of the address and set on fire.

Initial enquiries suggest the resident of this address was not the target, and the motive remains unclear.

A 43-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested on Friday evening on suspicion of arson. They were questioned and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Between 5.30pm and 6pm on Friday evening, petrol was poured over the front door and set alight.

The smoke alarm alerted the only occupant and a neighbour tackled the fire with a large bucket of water.

If not for the prompt and courageous actions of the neighbours, this could have been a much more serious situation. Thankfully the fire did not have a chance to spread.

We are looking to recover a plain grey tracksuit and shoes, which may have been abandoned in the area. I am asking local residents to check their gardens and bins for these items."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Larder

Supermarket destroyed by arsonists to reopen

Tescos Express in Waterlooville destroyed by arsonists Credit: Meridian
Tescos Express Waterlooville will reopen this week Credit: Meridian

A supermarket destroyed by fire will reopen next week. Arsonists set fire to the Tesco Express in Waterlooville in Hampshire nearly two years ago.

Flames also destroyed the nearby pharmacy which reopened last week. For eighteen months staff dispensed medicines out of a portacabin while rebuilding work was underway.

No one has ever been arrested in connection with the blaze.

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