Po­lice seek teens af­ter Bal­dragon fire

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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.

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