Arsonists torch Blackburn school's minibus

BURNT-OUT Police are investigating after a minibus had a window smashed before being set on fire, and a second minibus was damaged

BURNT-OUT Police are investigating after a minibus had a window smashed before being set on fire, and a second minibus was damaged

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

A MINIBUS belonging to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, in Blackburn, has been destroyed by arsonists, according to firefighters.

Officers were called at 10pm, on Sunday, by a caretaker who lives on site at the school, in West Park Road, but they were unable to save the vehicle.

The school’s other minibus, which was parked beside the burnt-out shell, was damaged by heat, and also had a window smashed.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “It looks like it was a deliberate fire.

“There were two minibuses, and one was well alight by the time we turned up.

“The other was not set alight, but had a smashed window, which looked to be deliberate. Police attended the scene and are now making inquiries.”

Paul Oliver, of QEGS, said: “Things like this are a fairly rare occurance for us, and damage like this to the minibuses has never happened before.

“The buses are kept off the road and are pretty secure, but if someone is determined enough to scale the wall to do this, then they will.

“We have contacted our insurance company and will be getting hire vehicles temporarily.

“If we couldn’t, then it would have severely impacted on sports activities, as we wouldn’t have been able to transport pupils to Harrison Fields, in Lammack.”

A police spokesman said: “Between 9pm and 10pm on Sunday, an unknown offender has entered a secure school car park, smashed the passenger window of one minibus, and set it on fire.

“A second minibus has also been damaged, but not by fire.

“The vehicles have been recovered for inspection by crime scene investigators.”

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9:49am Tue 18 Sep 12

woolywords says...

I don't know about being 'a rare occurance' in your case but wouldn't the numbers of school premises suffering vandalism, burglary and arson not give cause for concern to the point of installing a CCTV system?
Keeping it in full working order would be a good idea, as well.
I don't know about being 'a rare occurance' in your case but wouldn't the numbers of school premises suffering vandalism, burglary and arson not give cause for concern to the point of installing a CCTV system? Keeping it in full working order would be a good idea, as well. woolywords
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10:00am Tue 18 Sep 12

woolywords says...

As I know that you are busy, I've taken 2 minutes out of my tea break to find you a decent system which will do the trick for you..
http://tinyurl.com/q
egs-camera
You might even receive a discount from your insurers for installing it.
As I know that you are busy, I've taken 2 minutes out of my tea break to find you a decent system which will do the trick for you.. http://tinyurl.com/q egs-camera You might even receive a discount from your insurers for installing it. woolywords
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12:18pm Tue 18 Sep 12

makaveli96 says...

An eye for an eye should be the punishment.

Set those who have committed the on fire, or is this "NOT PC"!

If all criminals are recycled there would be no need for prisons and we would live in a society of "GOOD" people!

Just a thought....
An eye for an eye should be the punishment. Set those who have committed the on fire, or is this "NOT PC"! If all criminals are recycled there would be no need for prisons and we would live in a society of "GOOD" people! Just a thought.... makaveli96
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