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Police investigate arson attack on a children's nursery in Poole

Sunbeams and Buddies Day Care was set on fire during the Easter holidays Photo:

Police are investigating an arson attack on a children's nursery and pre-school in Poole.

The incident, which an officer described as a "reckless act", is reported to have happened at Sunbeams and Buddies Day Care, in Upper Parkstone on Sunday 14 April.

Firefighters were called to the scene following reports of flames being seen in the nursery's playground area at around 9:55pm on that day.

Officers say the perpetrators had gained access to the site and set fire to play equipment causing significant damage.

“This was a mindless and reckless act that could have been far worse had it not been for the swift attendance of the fire service following a call from a resident. "The centre had to close for a day following the incident and this closure affected a great number of families who were relying on the day care within the Easter holidays."

– PC John Upsher - Poole Police

Dorset Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the incident.