Former Year 11 pupils are allegedly responsible for a power cut affecting 135,000 buildings in Essex as the school leavers burned their textbook in an end-of-term ritual.
Buildings had to be evacuated, traffic lights ceased working and phones were unable to acquire signals in Upminster, Essex, last Tuesday, after a fire broke out on Hacton Lane. The police are investigating whether the fire is a case of arson. Havering detectives are appealing for information and have announced they are looking for suspects.
Witnesses have claimed that the fire was begun by school leavers setting fire to their books as part of an end-of-term ritual. One witness said she saw a group of children running towards her as she and her brother walked in the park.
Georgia Edwards, 18, said, “Fire engines were there and out of nowhere a fire started. Kids were running away and told us they saw kids setting fire to their school books as a result of leaving school and never going back. Apparently they were burning planners and stuff. We all just watched as the wind made it worse.”
The fire needed two fire engines and ten firefighters from Romford and Ilford to put out the grass fire, while another fire engine and five firefighters from Hornchurch attended to an associated cable fire. Both fires had been got under control by 7pm and there were no injuries.
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