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Arsonists target Teesside college
Redcar and Cleveland College
A staff work area and classroom were damaged in the fire
Arsonists have been blamed for a fire at a Teesside college.

Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control at the Redcar and Cleveland College in Redcar.

It is the latest educational establishment in the north-east of England to be targeted by arsonists.

Other schools in Teesside, County Durham and Tyneside have been destroyed or seriously damaged in arson attacks over recent weeks.

A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Service said the latest attack happened at the college's Corporation Road building in Redcar on Saturday.

He said: "The fire was started in broad daylight at a time when there were a lot of people around.

"Someone had stacked up rubbish and set it alight.

"There was severe damage to the room where the fire had taken hold.

"It seems to be the in thing. Schools and colleges are easy targets."

A college spokesman said the fire was started outside a door leading to a staff workroom.

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