Police appeal following suspicious fire at Peterhead school

Police are appealing for information following a suspicious fire at Buchanhaven School
Police are appealing for information following a suspicious fire at Buchanhaven School

Police Scotland is appealing for information following a suspicious fire at a primary school in Peterhead.

Three teenagers wearing dark clothing were seen at the rear of Buchanhaven Primary School, Hope Street, between 3.45pm on Wednesday, March 9, and 7.20am on Thursday, March 10, setting mobile phones and a school book alight.

PC Richard Duthie, of Peterhead police station, said no significant damage was caused and that the fire did not spread, but he warned that the outcome could have been much worse.

He said: “This was a mindless and irresponsible act which could have escalated very quickly and easily. It goes without saying that the damage and distress caused would have been immeasurable had the fire got out of hand.

“As the nights get lighter and youngsters spend more time outdoors, I would ask parents to keep an eye on where their kids are congregating.

“The vast majority of young people in our communities always act admirably and within the law, and it is always disappointing when a handful act so recklessly.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, I would urge them to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.