Police urge parents to ‘do the right thing’ if children may have been involved in Leigh girl guide hut blaze – Mancunian Matters

In Leeds and Manchester Local News Contributions on November 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

ARSON: Girl guide hut destroyed



Police are urging parents to ‘do the right thing’  if they suspect their children may have been involved in an arson attack that destroyed a girl guides’ hut in Leigh.

The attack, on Old Hall Mill Lane, occurred at about 6.50pm on July 22 when fire crews discovered the hut and two other buildings ablaze.

Firefighters used breaking-in gear, thermal cameras and three jets to extinguish the flames.

Two seats had been set alight, one in the main hall hut, and another outside in a small toilet block.

These fires spread and destroyed the hut and outer building.

Police Constable Andy Cook said: “We are treating this as a deliberate ignition which has completely destroyed the building.

“In doing so, it has deprived the girls of a much-needed community facility which has understandably caused a great deal of upset.”

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police Constable Cook continued: “Whomever is responsible may not have intended to cause such destruction, but this shows how dangerous it can be to start fires.

“No-one can control a blaze once it starts and the consequences can be severe.

“I would also ask any parents who might have recently washed their children’s clothes and found them to smell strongly of smoke to think about whether your child could have been responsible and if you do have suspicions, please do the right thing and come forward.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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