POLICE investigating a fire at Stafford County Junior School on Sunday (15 November) are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to Ringwood Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm following reports of smoke coming from the property. 

No persons were present and no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, however it is being treated as suspicious at this time.

DS Jason Hoadley said: “We are appealing to anyone with information or who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of this incident to come forward.

“A number of youths were seen by witnesses to have run from the scene prior to police arrival and we are keen to speak to them to ascertain whether they were involved.

“We understand that an incident such as this may cause concern but please be assured that we are working at pace to establish the circumstances.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident and there is not thought to be any threat to the local community.”

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has any information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting 1157 of 15/11.

Alternatively information can be reported to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.