Warning not to enter Peebles High School

As the first images are released of the blackened remains of Peebles High School’s old games hall, police have issued a warning about the dangers of entering the damaged building.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 12:09 pm
This photo shows the damage caused by last Thursday's fire.

A fence has been installed around the building, but some people have still been trying to enter the premises.

Local area commander, Chief Inspector Stuart Reid, said: “I cannot stress enough how dangerous this area is just now and the fencing has been put up for everyone’s safety.

“People should stay away from the area and we will be carrying out patrols to reinforce this message.

This photo shows the damage caused by last Thursday's fire.

“Anyone caught within the school or tampering with the fence will be dealt with appropriately.

“The school is out of bounds, and I would ask anyone who witnesses anyone in the grounds to call us at the time on the 101 number, or 999 if it is an emergency.”

Two boys were arrested this week in connection with the fire at the school last Thursday.

One has been charged with wilful fire raising, and the other released pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Reid said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience while the investigation into the fire continues as we work alongside our colleagues at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“We continue to liaise with the Scottish Borders Council in connection with the safety and security of the buildings, and the impact on the local community.”

“We’d remind the public that, as the person charged is below the age of 18, he cannot be named or identified for legal reasons as per the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.”