Football ground blaze investigators following positive line of inquiry

Investigators are following a positive line of inquiry after a suspicious blaze at Bo’ness United FC’s ground in West Lothian.

Three fire engines were sent to Newtown Park in Jamieson Avenue at around 1.30pm on Tuesday.

No-one was injured but a number of roads were closed while the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service tackled the flames.

Officers are currently following a positive line of inquiry and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Frank Travers from Falkirk CID said: “As part of this inquiry we’d urge local residents and other members of the public who were in the area on Tuesday afternoon and witnessed anything suspicious to contact police immediately.

“This includes motorists who believe they may have any relevant dashcam footage.

“I am aware there has been speculation that two individuals have been named as being responsible.

“I can confirm these persons have been eliminated from our inquiries.”

West Lothian football club fire
Philip Mearns caught footage of the blaze (Lip Mearns/Facebook/PA)

He added: “The assistance of the public is vital in bringing offenders to justice, if you do believe you have information relating to this fire please get in touch with us.”

Footage of the incident was posted on a local Facebook page, taken by Philip
Mearns.

It shows huge flames and smoke billowing from the building.

The ground, home to the East of Scotland Football League club for more than 70 years, was handed to Newtown Park Trust by Falkirk Council in 2015.

Smoke could be seen from miles away on the Edinburgh to Glasgow train line near Linlithgow station.

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