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Hartlepool school fire: boy, 13, arrested

Rift House Primary after the fire. Credit: ITV News

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire broke out at a primary school in Hartlepool.

The blaze engulfed part of Rift House Primary School on Sunday.

The boy is being questioned by police officers from the Hartlepool Volume Crime Team while the investigation continues.

The fire destroyed the school nursery and year three classroom in an annexe next to the main school building.

Hartlepool relegated despite win at Victoria Park

Hartlepool's Carl lsgnay as Pools are relegated Credit: PA

Hartlepool United have been relegated to the National League despite be a 2-1 win at home to Doncaster Rovers.

Pools have never been relegated to the non-league in their 109-year history, despite coming close a number of times in the past.

The relegation comes just days after Gary Coxall resigned as Hartlepool Chairman, saying continuing in the role "would divide the club".

Pam Duxbury was appointed Chief Executive of the club following Coxall's resignation and issued the following rallying cry to supporters ahead of the match against Doncaster Rovers.

I can only thank all of you for your continued support, and in particular, our amazing away support.

Poolies are truly the best fans in any league and all the clubs I have visited have been welcoming and regard our fans very highly.

Whatever the outcome on Saturday, we are better together."

– Pam Duxbury

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