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Appeal For 3 Teenagers To Come Forward After Weymouth Fire

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine 2

5:47pm 19th September 2014

Police are trying to trace three teenagers seen leaving the scene of a fire in Weymouth.

As reported on Wessex FM on Wednesday - a groundsman's hut, changing rooms and storage area were set alight at the Marsh playing fields in Knightsdale Road.

The fire was started by offenders igniting an accelerant between the port-a-cabin and the wooden building close by, causing them both to set alight. The port-a-cabin and its contents were completely destroyed by the fire and the adjacent building suffered severe damage.

Police Constable Neil Fitch, of Weymouth police, said: "It is very fortunate no one was injured in this fire, the consequences could have been far worse.

"I am keen to talk to three male teenagers who were seen leaving the car park when the fire service arrived. They may be witnesses and have information that can assist with the investigation. I urge them to come forward.

"Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time is asked to contact the police on 101 as soon as possible.

"All calls are treated in the strictest confidence."

Councillor Ian Bruce, Community Facilities Briefholder at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "This fire has damaged a valuable facility, which is particularly used by young people in our community. It is senseless and I hope anyone with any information contacts the police immediately. The borough council is temporarily storing the goals, nets and other football equipment."

No one has been arrested.

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