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New appeal over Great Yarmouth arson

PUBLISHED: 16:25 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 06 July 2010

Police have renewed appeals for information about an incident of arson at a Great Yarmouth youth venue.

A fire was discovered at the Newtown Youth Centre in Jellicoe Road at about 10am on Tuesday, October 27.

Police have renewed appeals for information about an incident of arson at a Great Yarmouth youth venue.

A fire was discovered at the Newtown Youth Centre in Jellicoe Road at about 10am on Tuesday, October 27.

Raiders stole electrical equipment, including video games, and started a fire.

PC Dave Baxter, of the north Yarmouth neighbourhood policing team, said: “In order to get into to the compound, the offenders lifted a large iron gate off its hinges. This would require a lot of strength which is why we believe it was carried out by more than one person.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed people acting suspiciously in the area around Jellicoe Road that morning to contact us.

“The fire was started at about 10am which is unusual for an arson attack.

”We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen people hanging around North Drive.”

Julie Harding, the centre's chairwoman, said the re-opening of the youth club had helped to boost members' spirits.

She said: “Monday evening was simply amazing. We had 54 young people attend and that was incredible to see.

“Carl and I would also like to thank everyone who has supported the club in the recent difficult weeks. We have been overwhelmed by the support.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Baxter at Great Yarmouth Police Station on 0845 456 4567 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


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