Police hunt for arsonists after college fire in St Neots

Damage caused by an arson attack at the former Huntingdonshire Regional College site in St Neots.

Damage caused by an arson attack at the former Huntingdonshire Regional College site in St Neots. - Credit: Archant

Police have appealed for help to find who set fire to a former college building in St Neots.

Firefighters at the former Huntingdonshrie Regional College site. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE

Firefighters at the former Huntingdonshrie Regional College site. Picture: CAMBS FIRE AND RESCUE - Credit: Archant

The arson attack took place at the Huntingdonshire Regional College site in Almond Road, St Neots between 5am and 6am on Tuesday (December 2).

A fire was started at the back of the building which caused extensive damage to the outside.

PC Tom Nuttall said: “Thankfully no one was hurt during this arson attack, however it has caused a lot of damage to the building.

“Anyone with information should contact us.”


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The site is due to be bought by Cambridgeshire County Council in a £5.5million project to create a new school for about 125 pupils, 90 of them pre-school places, with the others due to be teenagers from the Hartford Centre in Huntingdon. That centre, for 11 to 18 year olds, is due to be .

Suzanne Stent, principal of HRC, said: “It’s in the hands of solicitors because the sale is currently going through.

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“I don’t know how it’s going to be affected by the fire.

“It was an outside area where we had put a wooden structure with a plastic roof where students who could practice building brickwalls without getting rained on.

“That structure was set on fire, part of the roof on the main structure was damaged, and the windows will need replacing.

“We’re fully insured and that work will be done. I’m just relieved no one was hurt.”

INFORMATION: To help police with their enquiries, call PC Nuttall on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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