Young people believed to be responsible for a fire that caused extensive damage to Miles Franklin Primary School on Friday are now believed to have tried to start a fire at another Evatt school earlier in the day.
Around. On Friday (October 29), ACT Policing responded to reports of a fire at Miles Franklin Primary School that caused extensive damage to playground equipment and shaded areas.
Police believe this fire was intentionally lit by a group of youths around 5:45 p.m. Additional reports have since been received suggesting the same youths had been prevented from setting fire to St Monica’s Primary School about half an hour earlier.
Several witnesses saw the youths in the area, and police are publishing descriptions of four people of interest to identify them.
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All four male juveniles are described as being of Caucasian appearance.
The first youth was about 182 to 187 cm tall of solid build and was wearing a light yellow hoodie. He had one arm in a black sling and may have been wearing white shorts.
The second and third pups were shorter, about 177 to 182 cm (5’10 ”to 6 ′) tall and wearing dark clothing.
The fourth young was again shorter, about 172 cm tall and wearing a cap.
Police are asking anyone operating CCTV cameras or a dash cam in the area around the schools on Friday afternoon to check their system to see if it captured footage of the group.
Friday’s fire was a blow to students who had only recently returned to school.
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Families took to the school’s Facebook page to express their disgust, urging that the culprits be asked to restore the playground once they have been captured.
“This is a huge job,” the person wrote. “Just digging out the soft fall … the shock layer needs to be completely replaced and probably a new playground design. The shadow sail was also partially burned.”
Another parent remembered all the fundraising and effort that had gone into providing the playground and pledged $ 500 to help rebuild.
“Both of our children have had countless hours of playing happily on that playground,” he wrote.
“Well after knowing what I can do to help rebuild,” said another. “Completely ugly for the kids to have lost their playground.”
Anyone with information that can help the police is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please provide reference 6946721. Information can be given anonymously.