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Suspected arson attack at Hook Norton Primary

An investigation has been launched after a suspected arson attack at Hook Norton Primary in Oxfordshire.

Fire crews were sent to the school at around 7pm on Friday (26 July).

Here's the full statement from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service:

"Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent a fire engine from Hook Norton Fire Station to reports of a fire involving play equipment at Hook Norton School.

"When crews arrived the play equipment was well alight. They quickly got to work tackling the blaze using high pressure hose reel jets, putting the fire out and stopping it spreading to the surrounding school buildings."

Police were also called to the scene at 7.13pm.

They confirmed no one was injured, and that the incident is being investigated as suspected arson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police via their website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 1509 of 26 July 2019.

Meanwhile, an online fundraiser has been launched to help out the school.

The page reads as follows:

"The pupils, parents and staff of Hook Norton CEP School were devastated to witness the thoughtless act of vandalism that occurred at our school on the evening of 26th July 2019, resulting in the destruction of our new and much-loved pirate ship and other play equipment.

"We have been deeply touched by the messages of support that we have received from our fantastic Hook Norton community and beyond.

"In response to the outpouring of support that we have received and the many offers of donations, we have set up this page to enable those that would like to, to donate to our wonderful school.

"Although we are insured we anticipate extra costs and to know that there are wonderful people who don't know us, but want to help us, will send a powerful message to our pupils and our community."

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