20th Oct, 2017

Police hunt for community centre arsonists

Coventry Editorial 10th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE are searching for the arsonists who severely damaged a Coventry community centre on Easter Sunday.

Officers were called to the Eburne Neighbourhood Learning Centre, off Deedmore Road in Wood End, at 11.22pm on Sunday, April 5 by a member of the public expressing concern at hearing an alarm and the sound of breaking glass.

On arrival, invesitgating officers found damaged windows and a fire which is believed to have been started deliberately.

Five fire engines were called to tackle the blaze, which burned for several hours and is estimated to have caused £100,000 worth of damage.

Windows at Coventry City Mission – a building adjacent to Eburne Learning Centre – were also damaged during the attack.

Coventry Police are now appealing for anyone who was near the centre between 11pm and 11.30pm on Easter Sunday, and who saw anything suspicious.

Sergeant Heather Malin, said: “This was a very serious fire that’s caused extensive damage; it’s a senseless attack on a community facility and will no doubt lead to huge disruption for people who rely on the centre.

“One witness has reported seeing people running off down Potters Green Road, potentially into Woodway Lane, so I’d also urge anyone in that area last night to call me as they may have important information.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt Heather Malin at Coventry Police on 101 (ext: 7931 6067)

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