Community fights back after Rotherham school arson attack

Headteacher Lynne Deakin with the fire damage at Brinsworth Manor Infant School
Headteacher Lynne Deakin with the fire damage at Brinsworth Manor Infant School
0
Have your say

A community has united to fight back after a South Yorkshire school was targeted by young arsonists.

An outbuilding was badly damaged, picnic tables and toys destroyed and the playground scorched by flames.

Brinsworth Manor Infant School. Google Street View

Brinsworth Manor Infant School. Google Street View

Fire crews were sent to Brinsworth Manor Infant School, Brinsworth Lane, Brinsworth, Rotherham, after a blaze was started.

CCTV footage showed two boys climbing over a fence before they set fire to an outbuilding at 2pm on Saturday.

Headteacher Lynne Deakin said: “The parents are horrified that someone would do that.”

The school was open as normal on Monday and the blaze has prompted a community fight back – with toys donated and fundraising events, including a raffle, to help pay for repairs.

Headteacher Lynne Deakin with the fire damage at Brinsworth Manor Infant School

Headteacher Lynne Deakin with the fire damage at Brinsworth Manor Infant School

Ms Deakin said: “The whole community gathered together – it is wonderful to see.”

IN OTHER NEWS:

Sheffield volunteers relive the ‘hell’ of Hungarian refugee camp

Revenge attack ‘scaremongering’ blamed for low Rotherham Show turn-out - as man arrested for inciting riot

Brinsworth School fire damage

Brinsworth School fire damage

Probe launched into claims Rotherham curry house worker spat in food

Sheffield United: ‘No hiding place’ for Blades in big TV derby, says Sharp

Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield spot up for grabs as Owls chief defends Hutchinson

Nearby resident spotted the flames and smoke and alerted the fire service, who spent more than an hour dealing with the fire.

The shed was destroyed and toys stored inside were all burned to cinders. Only a fire door prevented flames from spreading.

A police spokeswoman said: “It is believed that persons unknown climbed over the fence into the school premises and set an outbuilding on fire, causing it to collapse.”

* Call police on 101 quoting incident 618 of 12 September 2015 with information.