A PRIMARY school has become "the latest victim of antisocial behaviour" after it was set on fire in an "arson attack," police have said.

The incident happened at Beaumont Primary School in Wendover Drive, Ladybridge, at around 6.30pm yesterday evening. 

The fire involved the roof of the school, however, the extent of the damage is as yet unknown.

A resident living nearby, who asked not to be named, said they saw flames coming from the roof of the school at about 6.40pm.

They added: "I heard a noise and went to the window and there were flames and three fire engines and an ambulance outside the school."

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that three fire engines were sent to the scene and crews were there for around 45 minutes containing the flames.

An ambulance was also on the scene.

A police investigation is now underway to identify the attackers and anyone with any information is asked to come forward.

A statement from GMP Bolton North said: "Beaumont Primary School has become the latest victim of antisocial behaviour. 

"Last night at approximately 18:30 hours the School was a victim of an arson attack. At present enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible through enquiries and CCTV."

Officers have also reiterated that the school and its grounds are closed to the public after a growing number of people have been reported using the area for non-permitted recreational activities. 

GMP Bolton North added: "The school has seen a number of visitors over the last few months with people using the grounds to play cricket, leaving the area littered with rubbish and on occasions broken glass. 

"May I remind those individuals that the premises is enclosed all the way around the school and no persons should be entering the grounds without prior permission from the school. 

"If you have any information in relation to the fire, please contact us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 095775D/19 or email 65551@gmp.police.uk."