Police arrest five teenagers on suspicion of arson after St Ann's care home incident

Five teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at an abandoned hospital. Emergency services had been present at the Pease Hill Centre on Furze Gardens in St Ann's since the evening of Wednesday, May 1.

They remained at the scene on Thursday morning, May 2, with the entrance to the old property taped off. No injuries were reported at the building.

Police were first called at 5.45pm on May 1. Around fifteen minutes later, five suspects were apprehended after a search of the local area, having been found outside a shop.

Three 15-year-olds and two 14-year-olds were detained on suspicion of arson, with two of the 15-year-olds also held on suspicion of possessing imitation firearms - one "with intent to cause fear of violence" and the other simply in a public place.

Two BB guns were seized along with some pellets. Investigations are ongoing and police are now asking for the public's help.

Detective Sergeant Hannah Frame, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Arson can have catastrophic consequences and put lives at risk which is why we treat incidents like this with such seriousness. Thankfully, the incident was quickly contained after police and fire service colleagues swiftly responded.

“While our inquiries remain ongoing, we would urge anyone who was in the area and who may have information which could assist us with our investigation to please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 638 of 1 May 2024, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”