Council had been warned by police to board up former Clarendon Primary School hours before it was destroyed in mystery fire

Council had been warned to board up school hours before it was destroyed in mystery fire

The wrecked former Clarendon Primary School after the fire

The wrecked former Clarendon Primary School after the fire

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POLICE warned Bolton Council to board up windows at a former primary school building — just hours before it was destroyed in a mystery blaze.

Neighbours had complained that Clarendon Primary School’s former home had become a target for vandals since it closed in May.

The large Victorian building in Clarendon Street, Great Lever, went up in flames at about 6pm on Monday.

Fire investigators spent hours at the scene yesterday but have so far been unable to confirm what caused the blaze.

They are not ruling out the possibility that the 128-year-old building was deliberately set alight in an arson attack.

About 24 hours earlier, police attended the school following reports a group of youths had smashed some windows.

Officers contacted Bolton Council to discuss security at the site as they feared it could happen again during school holidays.

At 10pm on Sunday, they were told the council would be sending someone out to “board up the ground floor”.

At the time the building caught fire, a few windows at the front of the school had been boarded up but the rest of the ground floor had not.

Bolton Council said workers went out to the school on Sunday night to board up the broken windows.

A spokesman added there have been “a few” incidents where windows have been broken since the school was vacated.

A resident from Lumsden Street, whose house is directly at the back of the school, said he called the police to investigate break-ins at the school.


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He claimed officers were surprised more had not been done by the council to make the school secure.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “People have been coming in and out and the lights have been on past midnight.

“Last week we called the police because some vandals had got in and they said they would do a report and pass it on to the council.”

A police spokesman said: “We were called to Clarendon Street at 6.20pm on Sunday to a case of criminal damage.

“Some youths who were about 10 years old had been trying to break windows at a school.

“Later the council called us and said they were sending someone out to board up the ground floor.”

Council bosses said the building had already been earmarked for demolition and they were in the process of appointing a contractor.

A council spokesman said: “Since becoming empty the burglar alarm has remained in operation and we have responded to a few incidents where windows have been broken.

“The building was inspected regularly and re-secured whenever an incident was reported.

“The safety of local residents is of paramount importance and our priority is to make the site secure so demolition can be undertaken as soon as possible.”

Fire crews tackled the blaze, which ripped through the roof of the disused building throughout the night.

Two fire pumps and an aerial appliance were still at the scene yesterday.

A police spokesman said they are working with the fire service and that inquiries are ongoing but a cause has still not been determined.

The fire was initially tackled by stand-in crews as it fell between 5pm and 7pm when firefighters were on strike.

Clarendon moved to its new school, across the road in Bridgeman Street, in April, and the old building was listed for demolition so it could become a community green space.

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10:59am Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

"Clarendon moved to its new school, across the road in Bridgeman Street, in April, and the old building was listed for demolition so it could become a community green space"

Green space...yes right for how long, wasn't the park a green space left to the people of Bolton many years ago, not very green now is it if you see my meaning !!! :-(
"Clarendon moved to its new school, across the road in Bridgeman Street, in April, and the old building was listed for demolition so it could become a community green space" Green space...yes right for how long, wasn't the park a green space left to the people of Bolton many years ago, not very green now is it if you see my meaning !!! :-( PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 26

11:09am Wed 23 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park????
Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park???? FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 14

11:18am Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park????
Yes I used to use them on the way home from ss.peter and pauls school.
quite scary as a 8 or 9 year old going under the one under high st under the park, with all the manholes down each side, I even remember from about 6 year old the trains still running on them as I ran to the wall to climb up on the wall to see the steam trains whizzing past...ah memories :-)
The other tunnel near lodge bank used to bring you out near willy hattons scrapyard near tyldesley st.
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park????[/p][/quote]Yes I used to use them on the way home from ss.peter and pauls school. quite scary as a 8 or 9 year old going under the one under high st under the park, with all the manholes down each side, I even remember from about 6 year old the trains still running on them as I ran to the wall to climb up on the wall to see the steam trains whizzing past...ah memories :-) The other tunnel near lodge bank used to bring you out near willy hattons scrapyard near tyldesley st. PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 10

11:20am Wed 23 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park????
Yes I used to use them on the way home from ss.peter and pauls school.
quite scary as a 8 or 9 year old going under the one under high st under the park, with all the manholes down each side, I even remember from about 6 year old the trains still running on them as I ran to the wall to climb up on the wall to see the steam trains whizzing past...ah memories :-)
The other tunnel near lodge bank used to bring you out near willy hattons scrapyard near tyldesley st.
And now a new big school has been plonked on top
[quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: Sounds like an inside job to me....... Anyone on here remember the days of having rail tunnels under the park????[/p][/quote]Yes I used to use them on the way home from ss.peter and pauls school. quite scary as a 8 or 9 year old going under the one under high st under the park, with all the manholes down each side, I even remember from about 6 year old the trains still running on them as I ran to the wall to climb up on the wall to see the steam trains whizzing past...ah memories :-) The other tunnel near lodge bank used to bring you out near willy hattons scrapyard near tyldesley st.[/p][/quote]And now a new big school has been plonked on top FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 7

11:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

In fact I spent most of my schooldays wagging primary and secondary schools on the ( RALLY) must have been at least 3 years hiding from wag chap, and lighting fires to keep warm in winter in the tunnels...lol
In fact I spent most of my schooldays wagging primary and secondary schools on the ( RALLY) must have been at least 3 years hiding from wag chap, and lighting fires to keep warm in winter in the tunnels...lol PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 7

11:35am Wed 23 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Been trying to source pictures of the tunnels but had no joy yet
Been trying to source pictures of the tunnels but had no joy yet FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 6

11:49am Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

I have a few :-)
I have a few :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 6

11:52am Wed 23 Jul 14

oftbewildered2 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
Been trying to source pictures of the tunnels but had no joy yet
hope you are successful - sounds like lots of happy (and hairy) memories here.
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: Been trying to source pictures of the tunnels but had no joy yet[/p][/quote]hope you are successful - sounds like lots of happy (and hairy) memories here. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

12:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

Do you have an e-mail address spare or one you can use just for the pictures and i'll send you what I have later, I would publish mine here for you but it's just in case all the cranks on BN site start to annoy me...lol
Do you have an e-mail address spare or one you can use just for the pictures and i'll send you what I have later, I would publish mine here for you but it's just in case all the cranks on BN site start to annoy me...lol PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 3

12:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)
BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)
One of my pseudonym ones I use - mattdamon48atyahoo.c
o.uk
Cheers Percy
[quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)[/p][/quote]One of my pseudonym ones I use - mattdamon48atyahoo.c o.uk Cheers Percy FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 1

12:56pm Wed 23 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Planning process to close a school ? about 12 months.
Planning process to demolish school? about 12 months?
Rocket scientists employed by Bolton council? 0
Planning process to close a school ? about 12 months. Planning process to demolish school? about 12 months? Rocket scientists employed by Bolton council? 0 cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)
One of my pseudonym ones I use - mattdamon48atyahoo.c

o.uk
Cheers Percy
ok just sent you them :-)
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)[/p][/quote]One of my pseudonym ones I use - mattdamon48atyahoo.c o.uk Cheers Percy[/p][/quote]ok just sent you them :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Wed 23 Jul 14

V Meldrew says...

St Marks School/Church web site will proably put them on the site for you as it's web site is dedicated to that area, just type in St Marks Bolton it should be the top one of the list
St Marks School/Church web site will proably put them on the site for you as it's web site is dedicated to that area, just type in St Marks Bolton it should be the top one of the list V Meldrew
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Up The Revolution says...

PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)
could you send me the pics as well please to adolfcameron697@yaho
o.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)[/p][/quote]could you send me the pics as well please to adolfcameron697@yaho o.co.uk Up The Revolution
  • Score: 1

1:18am Thu 24 Jul 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

More money for the council when they sell the land off !!!!
More money for the council when they sell the land off !!!! johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 1

1:18am Thu 24 Jul 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

More money for the council when they sell the land off !!!!
More money for the council when they sell the land off !!!! johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 1

8:28am Thu 24 Jul 14

Sean kingston says...

It will probably torn into a super mosque
It will probably torn into a super mosque Sean kingston
  • Score: 2

9:56am Thu 24 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

Up The Revolution wrote:
PERCYPILCHARD wrote:
BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)
could you send me the pics as well please to adolfcameron697@yaho

o.co.uk
Hi yes sent you them :-)
[quote][p][bold]Up The Revolution[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PERCYPILCHARD[/bold] wrote: BTW... you can have as many yahoo e-mails you need if you want to set one of them up :-)[/p][/quote]could you send me the pics as well please to adolfcameron697@yaho o.co.uk[/p][/quote]Hi yes sent you them :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: 1

1:39am Fri 25 Jul 14

united99 says...

Sean kingston wrote:
It will probably torn into a super mosque
Yes cause you stopped going to the church years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Sean kingston[/bold] wrote: It will probably torn into a super mosque[/p][/quote]Yes cause you stopped going to the church years ago. united99
  • Score: -1

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