A PLEA has been made to parents to try to get over to children the dangers of fireraising following incidents at a Kelty school.

Police have been investigating two fireraising incidents at St Joseph's Primary School, in Cocklaw Street, Kelty.

Sergeant Paul Cochrane from Cowdenbeath Police Station said on Tuesday: "We are aware of reports of youths congregating on a school building in Kelty and have responded to reports of wilful fire-raising at the school, along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, on Monday 23 and Tuesday July 24.

"Deliberately starting fires is extremely dangerous and risks the safety of those involved and the wider community. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area, or has information that can help identify those involved, to come forward and assist with our inquiries".

He added: "I would like to stress that school and community buildings that are not in operation over the school holidays should not be used as an area for young people to congregate.

"In addition, climbing on buildings is both unsafe and irresponsible, and can lead to serious injury and structural damage.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Cowdenbeath Police Station via 101, quoting incident number 4338 of 24 July, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Cowenbeath and Kelty councillor Darren Watt was worried by the incidents.

He said this week: "I am deeply concerned to hear of the recent fire-related incidents at St Joseph's Primary School in Kelty.

"These reckless youths are not only putting their own lives in danger but the lives of our brave fire-fighters who are sent to tackle any blaze. They are also indirectly risk putting other lives in danger.

"Just earlier this year, fire-fighters were dealing with a wheelie bin fire at this very same school when a road traffic collision happened near by.

"Thankfully both incidents weren't too serious but the delay in responding to the RTC could have been the difference between life and death".

He added: "I am assured from recent discussions with the Station Manager from the Lochgelly Fire Station that they will be stepping up their education programme within schools after the holidays, however, in the meantime, I would urge all parents, guardians and carers to warn children about the dangers of fire-raising and how their actions could have a profound effect on others".