Police appeal for witnesses to ‘arson’ at former Laleham Gap school in Margate

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Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to an arson at a former school in Cliftonville.

Emergency crews were called to a fire at a portacabin on the former Laleham Gap school site in Northdown Park Road at 7.05pm on November 15.

Three engines attended and used three main jets and one hydrant to deal with the fire. Crews finished at the scene at 8.30pm. The portacabin was destroyed by the fire.

It is the second time the vacant site has been hit by fire. In June a fire was started in a disused portacabin on school grounds. It was completely destroyed. The blaze also spread, causing further damage to two further portacabins and an area of grass. Kent Police investigated that incident as a suspected arson.

The cause of the latest fire is being treated as suspicious and officers are asking for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/056660/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.


Laleham Gap school is now based in Ozengell Place in Ramsgate, on grounds by the Royal Harbour Academy upper site.