Arsonists strike again at Stansted school

One person was trapped in a car after it overturned on the clockwise M25 carriageway between Junctio

One person was trapped in a car after it overturned on the clockwise M25 carriageway between Junction 22 and Junction 23, and was freed by the fire service. - Credit: Archant

Arsonists set fire to a derelict school in Stansted last night (Tuesday August 16).

The old school hall, at former St Mary’s primary in St John’s Road, was reported to be ablaze at 6.42pm and two fire crews were sent to the scene.

Thermal imaging, hose jets and ventilation fans were used to clear the smoke and extinguish the fire by just before 8pm.

This is not the first time arsonists have targeted the building, as last February a blaze was deliberately started in an old classroom.

After the old primary moved premises in November 2012, Burnt Mill Academy Trust was given the green light to open on the site in September 2017.

While they are completing the whole new school reception children will start at The Magna Carta Primary Academy in September this year, which is also on the site.

They are aiming to provide an “enriching curriculum, including high quality sport and musical tuition”.

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