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Police renew arson appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:06 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:35 03 July 2010

POLICE are renewing appeals for information following an arson attack at a Great Yarmouth youth centre.

Newtown Youth Centre re-opened last night for the first time since the fire on Tuesday, October 27.

POLICE are renewing appeals for information following an arson attack at a Great Yarmouth youth centre.

Newtown Youth Centre re-opened last night for the first time since the fire on Tuesday, October 27.

The blaze was discovered at Jellicoe Road youth centre at approximately 10am.

Intruders got into the compound, broke two padlocks to force entry to the building and stole electrical equipment, including video games.

PC Dave Baxter, from North Yarmouth Neighbourhood Policing Team, is leading the investigation.

He said: “In order to gain access to the compound offenders have lifted a large iron gate off its hinges.

“This would require a lot of strength which is why we believe it was carried out by more than one person.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed people acting suspiciously in the area around Jellicoe Road that morning to contact us.

“The fire was started at approximately 10am which is unusual for an arson attack so I would appeal to anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people hanging around North Drive.”

Youth centre chairman, Julie Harding, said the re-opening of the youth club had helped to boost members' spirits.

She added: “Monday evening was simply amazing. We had 54 young people attend and that was incredible to see.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has supported the club in the recent difficult weeks. We have had several items donated to the club from games to bean bags. We have been overwhelmed by the support.”

Contact: PC Baxter at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 0845 456 4567/email sntnorthyarmouth@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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