Arsonists strike twice in Midland fires

Arsonists are being blamed for two fires at a former school site in Stourbridge overnight.

The small fires were found in two buildings at the former Longlands School in Brook Street, Stourbridge, at 9.30pm last night.

Four fire crews attended from Stourbridge, Brierley Hill and Cradley Heath. They tackled the fires with using water hose reels before ventilating the buildings.

Station Commander Adrian Cherry confirmed the fires were arson. He said: "We have had a lot of kids in the former school over the last week or so.

"We need to make the place secure to avoid something like this happening again. We have called the police to help."

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she had reported youths breaking into the school on Thursday to police.

The school, also formerly known as Brook Street School, opened in 1912, but closed in the early 1990s before becoming part of Stourbridge College.

After the transferred its creative arts department to a new £12 million complex in Brierley Hill two years ago, the Longlands buildings have been left empty since.