Teesside

Second boy arrested after Hartlepool Blaze

Cleveland Police have arrested a second school boy in relation to a fire at Rift House School in Hartlepool.

Police launched a criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fire at the school on Sunday.

On Monday officers arrested a boy aged 13 and today they confirmed a second boy had been arrested and released on police bail in relation to the fire.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said “A second boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at Rift House Primary School in Hartlepool which happened on Sunday 7th May.

“The 14-year-old boy was arrested this morning and has since been released from custody with no bail conditions.”

A 13-year-old boy was also arrested yesterday and he was also released from custody with no bail conditions.

Emergency Services closed a number of roads in Hartlepool as a major incident was declared at the school on Sunday.

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It is believed the fire started in the nursery area of the building On Sunday the 7th May, Fire crews managed to stop the fire spreading to the main School.

Six Fire engines responded to the incident from all over the Teesside area including Middlesbrough and Thornaby.

When crews arrived the building was well alight and the priority was to prevent the fire from spreading.

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Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the fire and officers would continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident to contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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