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Appeal for information after Pontymister changing rooms fire

Gwent Police are investigating reports of criminal damage after a building, housing a sports club’s changing rooms, was set on fire in Isaf Road, Pontymister, at around 5.30am on Monday 11 September.

Witnesses reported seeing three male youths in the area around the time of the fire who may be able to help with investigations.

PC Brenna Holt, from Gwent Police, said: “Deliberately setting fires to buildings is mindless, dangerous and could put people’s lives at risk. It is also a criminal offence.

“We appreciate that the building was deliberately damaged in September, but we are appealing for anyone who might have information about it to get in touch with us.”

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been working with Gwent Police and partner agencies after this recent fire.

Mike Hill, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Reduction Team manager, said: “The result of this deliberate act has been felt across the whole community, with the loss of a football team’s changing rooms.

“Deliberately setting fire to a building is not only incredibly dangerous, but these incidents divert attention away from real emergencies, and are a waste of public resources.”

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information, including CCTV or dashcam footage, can call 101 or send them a direct message on social media, quoting log reference 2300307119.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously with details on 0800 555 111. 

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