Arson hit Eastbourne school reopens today

The school was closed yesterday for repairs
The school was closed yesterday for repairs

An Eastbourne school forced to shut yesterday (Tuesday October 18) due to an arson attack has reopened today.

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 on Monday night.

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

The school was closed all day yesterday to repair damage, but has reopened today.

Headmaster Giles Entwisle said, “This is obviously very upsetting for the pupils and staff of the school.”

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 on Tuesday – is asked to email or call 101 quoting serial 0096 of 18/10/16.

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