Teenager charged for Kabin fire

The fire destoryed the Kabin and the equipment inside, devastating the after school club which used the unit.
The fire destoryed the Kabin and the equipment inside, devastating the after school club which used the unit.

Police have charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with a wilful fire-raising in Loanhead.

At around 8.20pm on Saturday September 23 a container on the grounds of the Kabin community centre full of specialist play equipment worth £10,000 was destroyed after deliberately being set on fire.

The fire also damaged the adjacent former Loanhead Community Learning Centre building.

The 15-year-old will now be reported to the Children’s Reporter.

Inspector John Dryden of Penicuik Police Station said: “Starting fires deliberately can not only cause damage to property but also poses a risk to life or serious injury.

“It was fortunate on this occasion that no one was injured as a result of the fire, however, children who rely on the specialist equipment have been deprived of these resources.

“Reckless acts such as this will not be tolerated and I urge members of the community to contact Police if they know or suspect anyone to be involved in such activity.”