Police appeal following fire at community hub

Gorebridge Beacon after fire broke out on Thursday morning, just weeks before it was due to be completed.
Gorebridge Beacon after fire broke out on Thursday morning, just weeks before it was due to be completed.

Police are appealing for information following the wilful fireraising which caused extensive damage to the under construction community hub in Gorebridge yesterday.

The incident took place around 4am on Thursday, May 18 at a building site in Hunterfield Road where the Gorebridge Beacon is being built.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his mid to late teens, of skinny build, with short dark hair and a fringe. He was wearing a long-sleeved top with a distinctive pattern, dark-coloured skinny jeans, white trainers and carrying a black rucksack.

Detective Sergeant Dave Reilly of Dalkeith CID said: “This mindless act has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and delayed the construction of a centre which is being built to benefit the local community.

“Anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour in the area, or who recognises the description of the suspect, is asked to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 0407 of 18 May, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.