New ap­peal over blaze at pavil­ion

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THE cul­prits be­hind a fire that de­stroyed a Dundee community pavil­ion have still not been found, more than a month after the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice, who be­lieve youths were re­spon­si­ble for burn­ing down the Mill o’ Mains build­ing, have is­sued another ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion.

Of­fi­cers are car­ry­ing out door-to-door in­quiries and will con­tinue to have a pres­ence in the area.

Mean­while, a Just­Giv­ing page has been set up by the Mill o’ Mains community to raise £750 to­wards re­plac­ing some of the re­sources that were within the build­ing.

Jamie Web­ster, community sergeant at Long­haugh Po­lice Sta­tion, said: “It is now more than a month since the fire, which hap­pened on July 23 at 8pm.

“Our ap­peal is to the community of Mill o’ Mains and Claver­house, and in par­tic­u­lar the youths in these com­mu­ni­ties, where we feel the an­swer to what hap­pened lies.

“There have been a num­ber of youths seen in the area where the fire hap­pened.

“We are car­ry­ing out in­quiries, in­clud­ing door-to-door.

“There will be a po­lice pres­ence in the area and vis­its to lo­cal schools.”

The loss of the pavil­ion was said to have “dev­as­tated” the community, who had been us­ing it as a hub for chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a food­bank and var­i­ous classes.

Sgt Web­ster said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ex­actly how the fire was started is still on­go­ing.

Res­i­dents liv­ing in the area had pre­vi­ously com­plained of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and fire-rais­ing, claim­ing po­lice had done little about those issues.

Sgt Web­ster said the po­lice reg­u­larly carry out work with youths in the community, in­clud­ing talks on fire safety at schools.

He added: “De­spite this, if youths are in­tent on go­ing out and set­ting fire to some­thing, then that is dif­fi­cult to pre­vent.

“There are a num­ber of mea­sures we can take if it does turn out that youths were re­spon­si­ble for this fire.”

The fire-rav­aged pavil­ion

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