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Arsonists target Woodside family centre in Kingswood

Fire-damaged building
Image caption It is estimated repair work will cost £25,000

A centre for blind and deaf people in South Gloucestershire has been targeted by arsonists.

Sheds next to the Woodside family centre in Britannia Road, Kingswood, were set alight, and the fire spread to the main building.

Part of the roof has melted, and some of the rooms have been flooded.

The cost of repairs is estimated at £25,000 and the building will stay shut for two weeks while repairs are carried out.

Vandals also sprayed graffiti over the walls. Police are investigating.

Volunteer Alice Walton said the centre supported deaf and blind children and adults and their families.

"It's really unfortunate. It's had such an impact on a centre that's so heavily relied upon in the community," she said.

Avon and Somerset Police have appealed for witnesses and anyone who was in the Woodside Road area on Saturday evening to contact them.

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