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Four teenagers arrested after suspicious fire at Darul Uloom Islamic School in Chislehurst

PUBLISHED: 08:38 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 08:38 10 June 2013

Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst. Pic by BBC.

Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst. Pic by BBC.

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Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a suspicious fire at Darul Uloom Islamic School in Chislehurst.

They were taken into custody last night, where they remain, following the blaze which broke out on Saturday night.

Up to 130 pupils and staff were evacuated from the boarding school in Foxbury Avenue.

Police continue to investigate if the fire is linked in any way to the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich but asked the public to remain calm and not to ‘speculate as to the cause of the fire’.

The Met said there is an increased police presence around potentially vulnerable locations in Bromley and local officers have stepped up patrols.

Local police had visited the school in the wake of Lee Rigby’s death.

Following the fire at the Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst, the Met’s commisioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “These are difficult times for London’s communities.

“The Met is now investigating suspicious fires at two locations within the Islamic community which have happened in the past few days. Fortunately no one has been hurt, but we know that fires can often prove fatal.

“So I want to reassure people that we are using our full range of policing tactics to protect sites that might be vulnerable.

“In all boroughs across London, there is an increased police presence around locations that might be at risk. We will maintain a 24/7 guard of uniformed officers at sites we consider to be at greatest risk.

“Detectives are working tirelessly to establish whether these fires were started deliberately, and if so, to catch those responsible.

“We should not allow the murder of Lee Rigby to come between Londoners. The unified response we have seen to his death across all communities will triumph over those who seek to divide us.”

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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