Police seek teens after Baldragon fire
POLICE investigating a fire at a former Dundee school want to speak to a group of youngsters seen in the area at the time the blaze took hold.
The incident took place at the former Baldragon Academy in Burn Street, Kirkton, around 3.30pm on Saturday.
Chief Inspector Nicky Russell of Police Scotland said: “We are keen to speak to a group of boys and girls seen in the area around the time of the fire. They were approximately 14 years of age.
“The former school has recently become an area for youths to congregate.
“This has resulted in a number of instances of vandalism and antisocial behaviour and I would like to stress that this will not be tolerated.
“Each year in the UK, children are injured and require hospital treatment as a result of falls and injuries while exploring derelict or empty premises.
“Children place themselves at risk if they enter these buildings, climb on scaffolding or on the roofs.
“We are asking parents and carers to assist us, to keep children safe and reduce incidents of antisocial behaviour in our community.
“We urge parents and carers to be aware of where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing.
“Talking to your child about potential dangers and their consequences could make a difference to their safety. It is important for young people to understand the potential risks and consequences of their actions. They may get involved in activity they may consider is just ‘a bit of a laugh’ without considering the potential consequences.”
Anyone with any information that may be useful is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting CR/8856/18 or speak to any police officer.
Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.