Arson reports on campus


Nouse FOI reveals multiple arson incidents

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By Hannah Boyle

A Nouse Freedom of Information request has revealed that from January 2020 to October 2022, there have been four incidents which have been internally recorded as arson involving property owned by the University of York.

The first instance internally recorded as arson took place on 4 March 2022 at the Spring Lane Building, located on Campus West, at 21:01.

The first of the following three incidents took place on 9 July 2022 at 21:39 in Derwent J Block, while the further two incidents both took place on 12July 2022 in Derwent L Block at 17:50 and 18:55 respectively.

In response a University Spokesperson said: “Our security team conduct regular, high visibility patrols across campus, in addition to the University’s CCTV network." They added, "Criminal behaviour, such as arson, vandalism and graffiti, will not be tolerated and we are in regular contact with North Yorkshire Police, who may investigate and prosecute cases."

They concluded stating, “Many of our buildings are listed and enjoyed by students, staff and the wider community and we ask anyone with any information about any inappropriate or criminal behaviour to contact our security team.”