BREAKING: Eastbourne school closed after arson attack

The school is closed today for repairs following the arson and vandalism

The school is closed today for repairs following the arson and vandalism

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An Eastbourne school has been forced to close today (Tuesday October 18) after a suspected arson attack.

Bede’s Prep School, on Duke’s Drive, was hit by a suspected arson attack in the dining room and kitchens and vandalism on its mini bus fleet last night.

Police attended and are investigating the incident and reviewing CCTV footage.

The school has announced it will be closed today to repair damage but will open tomorrow as usual.

Headmaster Giles Entwisle said, “This is obviously very upsetting for the pupils and staff of the school, however our support team is working throughout the day to repair the damage ahead of the school reopening tomorrow morning.”

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “Police are investigating a suspected attempted arson attack at Bede’s School.

“Firefighters were called to the school around 5.30am on Tuesday after a staff member found that windscreens on the school mini-buses had been smashed.

“Someone had also broken into the canteen, where hot plates had been turned on. There was a smell of burning and the fire alarm had activated, but no actual fire.”

Anyone with information about the incident – which may have occurred between early evening on Monday and its discovery around 5.30am – is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 0096 of 18/10/16.