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MP writes to Government demanding sprinklers in all UK schools after suspected arson attack


An MP is calling on the Government to fit all new and refurbished schools with sprinklers after four classrooms were destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

A fire broke out at St Benet Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington, Northumberland, on October 26, causing “substantial damage” to one classroom.

Teachers said the blaze spread and damaged three other classrooms at the school, which is not fitted with sprinklers.

Northumbria Police has launched an investigation into the incident and believe the fire may have been started deliberately.

Now, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has written to Amber Rudd MP, Justine Greening MP and Alok Sharma MP demanding sprinklers are installed in all schools.

In the letter, Mr Lavery said: “Many local people have been in touch regarding the provision of sprinkler systems, appalled that their presence is not mandatory either in new build or existing schools.

View the full article at The Chronicle

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