Woodfarm High School torched in teenage arson attack

Woodfarm High School.
Woodfarm High School.

Teenage fire raisers have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to East Renfrewshire’s Woodfarm High School after setting the roof ablaze last night.

Instead of fleeing immediately afterwards the vandals lingered at the scene to gloat as firefighters battled to bring the fire under control.

Now police are appealing for information about the crime, which happened around 10.30pm at the school in Robslee Road, Thornliebank.

Two youths were seen clambering on to the roof of the school to deliberately start the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the building.

The suspects are dwhite, aged 15 to 18 years of age, and wore dark clothing.

One is thought to have worn a grey hooded top.

Detective Constable Stephen Walker, Govan CID, said today: “The youths are seen on CCTV climbing up the side of the building and then on to the roof where they deliberately start a fire.

“They are then seen on Robslee Road, where they are joined by another male, watching the Fire Service attend to put out the blaze.

“Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire which has caused significant damage to the roof and the top floor of the school.

“These youths have absolutely no regard for their own safety nor the property or the cost or disruption their actions have caused.

“Indeed they appear to stay in the area to watch as emergency services attend to deal with the fire.

“There are a number of homes near the school, thankfully, not affected by the fire, but it may be the case that neighbours saw the youths on the roof or hanging about the area either prior to or afterwards.

“If you did see anything or have information that will assist officers with their enquiries then please contact the CID at Govan Police Station via 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”