Teenagers reported for Carlton Colville school arson

Carlton Colville Primary School appealing for funds to replace the treasured Celtic roundhouse which

Carlton Colville Primary School appealing for funds to replace the treasured Celtic roundhouse which was burned down by arsonists. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Three teenage boys have been reported for arson after a replica Celtic roundhouse was burned down at Carlton Colville Primary School.

Pupils were left heartbroken after the treasured building was destroyed by fire on February 17.

A police spokesman said three 16-year-old boys, all from the Lowestoft area, have been interviewed in connection with the blaze and have now been reported for the offence.

They will now be considered for prosecution and, if approved, will face a youth court hearing on a date to be fixed.

The 10ft-high wood and reed thatched roundhouse cost £6,000 and took two months to build and was only opened in November.

The children were looking forward to having lessons in it once the weather warmed up during the spring and summer and some had yet to step foot inside it.

The school now needs to raise £10,000 to rebuild the structure and install CCTV cameras to prevent further vandalism at the site, However, an appeal launched last month has raised just £560.

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Headteacher Carol Child said she was extremely grateful to everyone who had donated but there was still a long way to go.

She said the school really needed someone to apply for larger amounts of funding on their behalf and urged anyone with bid writing skills to get in touch.

She also called for businesses to get behind the campaign and support their local school.

See this week's Journal for the full story.

Visit www.gofundme.com and search for Carlton Colville Roundhouse Fund to donate.

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