POLICE are investigating a fire at a Herefordshire school that is believed to have been started deliberately.

A shed was destroyed by the blaze that happened at Marden Primary Academt shortly before 2.10pm on Saturday (July 22.)

In a newsletter distributed to residents, the Hereford Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said: "Fortunately the fire service were able to get there and put out the fire before it spread any further but the shed/outbuilding has been destroyed.


"A witness in the area has claimed to have seen two youths at the school a couple of hours earlier in the day and they could possibly be connected.

"The witness describes the youths as being approximately 13/14 years old, one with blonde hair and the other with dark hair."

A spokesperson for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service added: "The fire was extinguished using two hosereel jets with a thermal imaging camera used to check for hot spots.

"A fire investigation officer attended and police were informed of suspected deliberate ignition. There were no casualties and no other emergency services attended. The incident was marked as pending closure at 4.35pm."

Anyone with information is asked to email hereford.snt@westmercia.police.uk quoting crime reference number 00364_I_22072023.