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Chislehurst residents shocked by fire at Darul Uloom school as MP Bob Neill urges caution

PUBLISHED: 11:44 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 10 June 2013

Darul Uloom School

Darul Uloom School

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Chislehurst residents have spoken of their "shock" after the suspicious fire at Darul Uloom Islamic School on Saturday night.

Four teenagers have been arrested following the fire, with around 130 pupils and staff evacuated from the boarding school in Foxbury Avenue.

Niki Summers, of nearby Sturges Field, heard about the blaze through her son yesterday and said she didn’t hear or see any sign of the fire.

She added: “When my son told me I was in shock. I just think it must be someone with a grudge over the Woolwich attack, but as far as I know no one was badly hurt and that’s the main thing.”

Foxbury Avenue is today cordoned off by police officers, with nearby roads beginning to return to normal after being lined with camera crews yesterday.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the school and its pupils had never caused any trouble in the past and claimed the attack had not left them worried about any future incidents.

They added: “It’s a ridiculous thing to happen. It’s just kids who don’t know any better and need educating.”

Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill said he was “concerned” to hear of the incident, but maintains Chislehurst has a “very good track record” of community relations.

He said: “It is most regrettable that a crime of this nature has taken place here.

“The police have announced this morning that arrests have been made. Because of sub judice issues, we need to be careful with what we say and avoid speculation until the full facts are known.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call police on 101 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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