Arsonists attack school bonfire

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 November 2010

Winscombe Primary School pupils Zach, Jacob, Maddy and Abbie with Mrs Alison Balcombe looking at the remains of the School's bonfire destroyed by vandals.

Winscombe Primary School pupils Zach, Jacob, Maddy and Abbie with Mrs Alison Balcombe looking at the remains of the School's bonfire destroyed by vandals.

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A FEW charred twigs were all that was left of a school bonfire after arsonists set it alight 24 hours before Guy Fawkes Night.

Winscombe Primary School pupils Zach, Jacob, Maddy and Abbie with Mrs Alison Balcombe looking at the remains of the School's bonfire destroyed by vandals.

Pupils and staff at Winscombe Primary School were left ‘gutted’ when they discovered what had happened to their bonfire, which had been built by the PTFA one day earlier.

Arsonists set it alight at around 10.30pm on November 4 and the fire brigade was called out to make sure the flames didn’t spread to nearby school buildings.

Teacher Alison Balcombe told the Mercury: “We are mortified that this has happened, and we feel saddened and annoyed that someone has done this.

“The children were upset and it was obviously very dangerous as the arsonists used some sort of lighting fluid.”

During the annual school tradition, pupils’ Guy Fawkes dummies are thrown into the bonfire – but fortunately their creations were safely locked away in the school when the vandals struck.

And despite the incident, the school still managed to hold the traditional event thanks to villagers, who rallied round and rebuilt the bonfire.

Mrs Balcombe added: “We had lots of people ringing up from the village offering help and support, and the whole community pulled together.”

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