Arson leads to toy appeal at school

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A school has been inundated with support after an arsonist set fire to three storage sheds in its grounds, destroying play equipment.

Aspley Guise Lower School was devastated by an arson attack on Sunday morning, when fires were started in each of the three sheds, narrowly avoiding spreading to the school building itself.

Headteacher, Melanie Mercer, said: “The community has been fantastic. Frosts are sending a tree surgeon to help sort out the mess and MK Play Association have offered to lend us some bikes and trikes until we get back on our feet. Parents have even offered to donate money.

“We have had firefighters and police officers coming in regularly to see if everything is ok. It’s been really nice.”

A special assembly was held on Tuesday morning, the first day back after the Easter break, and Melanie had to explain to pupils what had happened.

She said: “It was beyond understanding for me so it was hard to hold an assembly and explain it to the children.”

The fire is being treated as an arson and Bedfordshire Police is currently investigating. Any witnesses can call 101.