Fire at Lambhill Stables 'was deliberate'

image captionLambhill Stables recently underwent a significant refurbishment

A fire at a recently-refurbished 150-year-old stable complex in Glasgow was started deliberately, police have said.

The blaze at Lambhill Stables broke out about 0230 BST. It was extinguished but caused extensive damage to one of the three buildings at the site.

A £1.5m project recently transformed the previously derelict stables into a facility for local people. It was due to open next month.

Police said the fire damage had left the local community "devastated".

Det Sgt John Semple, from Strathclyde Police, said: "The building had just recently been refurbished and was to be used by the local community, who have pulled together to create a place for people to enjoy.

"We suspect that this fire was deliberately set and our enquiries have so far established that there was at least one person hanging about the area prior to the incident.

"People here are devastated by what has happened."

Det Sgt Semple urged anyone with information about the fire to contact police.

The stables were built in 1856 and originally housed horses which pulled barges along the Forth and Clyde Canals.

It was due to reopen next month as a community site for people in the north of Glasgow, providing activities and occupational training in areas such as landscaping, gardening and traditional building techniques.

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