Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh charity's base destroyed by 'suspicious' fire

A building used by an Edinburgh youth charity has been destroyed in a fire which police are treating as suspicious.

Lothian and Borders Police said the wooden building, on Dumbryden Drive in the Wester Hailes area of the city, was set alight at about 1800 BST on Monday.

Fire crews tackled the blaze for more than two hours but the roof and interior were destroyed, causing about £30,000 worth of damage.

Police urged witnesses to contact them.

A spokesman for the Lothian and Borders force said: "Those responsible for this mindless act of destruction not only put the safety of the public at risk, they have also destroyed a valuable community asset and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

"Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in or around the building or in the Dumbryden Drive area is asked to contact police immediately."

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