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Posted on Monday 12 February 2024

Can you help our officers who are investigating a suspected arson? 

We were alerted to a fire at the derelict South Park Care Centre on Lakeside, in Darlington, yesterday afternoon (February 11). 

Colleagues from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene and extinguished the blaze.

The fire is believed to have been started deliberately sometime between 2.15pm and 2.40pm. 

Officers would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident. 

Detective Sergeant Liam Robertson, from Darlington CID, said: “This is a derelict building and the suspects escaped the premises without suffering any injuries, but this could easily have been a very different outcome if they had been trapped within the building. 

“I’d like to appeal directly to parents of young people in the area – if you are aware of your child’s involvement in this incident then you should make yourselves known to us.” 

Please contact Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 245 of February 11 with any information.

Information can also be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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