Two teenagers charged with wilful fireraising in Peebles

Police have charged two teenage boys following an act of wilful fireraising in Peebles.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 9:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 12:42 pm
Two teenagers are accused of trying to set the stand at Whitestone Park alight.

Around 1.30pm on Saturday, May 14, cardboard and other combustible materials were set alight in the Alexander Lucas Stand at Whitestone Park.

PC Barry Taylor of Peebles said: “This was an extremely disrespectful act which risked the safety of everyone within the grounds.

“I want to thank the public for their support during our enquiries and reassure the local community that behaviour such as this will not be tolerated.”

Local Senior Officer David Farries of the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service said: “Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep our crews away from real emergencies.

“Those who start these fires deliberately are not only wasting time and resources, they must remember it could be someone they know who may be in serious danger elsewhere, but firefighters have been delayed due to their actions.

“Whether the reason for starting fires deliberately is boredom, bravado or wanting to see the fire engine go past with its lights on, it doesn’t matter, their actions could ultimately put lives in danger.”

The 13 and 14-year-old will be reported Children’s Reporter.