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Teens suspected of starting school blaze

PUBLISHED: 17:11 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

Bishop John Robinson school Hoveton Road
Thamesmead London, SE28 8LW 
A school was badly damaged by fire. 
Picture: Jamie Gray
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Bishop John Robinson school Hoveton Road Thamesmead London, SE28 8LW A school was badly damaged by fire. Picture: Jamie Gray Mobile:07834 965462 Email: jamie@jamiegray.com

Jamie Gray

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson on a primary school.

TWO teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson on a primary school.

The blaze at Bishop John Robinson Primary School, Hoveton Road, Thamesmead, took more than nine hours to put out after it began last Friday at approximately 7.11pm.

A 14-year-old and 15-year-old boy were later arrested and bailed to return in mid December, pending further enquiries.

No-one was injured and police have confirmed they are treating the fire as arson.

It left the ground floor and roof of the school damaged and resulted in classes at the site being cancelled indefinitely.

Greenwich council met parents on Tuesday afternoon to discuss relocating classes to nearby schools, including Discovery Primary School, Battery Road, Thamesmead.

Anyone with information about the fire can call Greenwich CID on 020 8284 9445; or to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Eight fire engines and around 40 firefighters attended the blaze and did not leave until 03.56am the next morning.

Greenwich Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Jackie Smith said: "The council is supporting staff, pupils and their families at this deeply distressing time and we are committed to keeping the disruption to pupils' learning down to an absolute minimum.

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