Investigations are underway following a fire at Linwood Police Office in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The fire at the police station in Dunlop Street, Linwood is being treated as suspicious.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire and Police are investigating CCTV footage showing two youths in the area around the time of the incident.

Officers are keen to speak to these two men as they may be able to assist in the inquiry.

It appears that a number of fires were set throughout the building. Entry was made by breaking down the front door.

As part of the enquiry officers carried out a door to door inquiry to local residents and businesses to obtain any further information or CCTV images

Strathclyde Police’s Property Services Department will boarded up the office until further notice.

Linwood Police station was in the middle of being refurbished.

Superintendent Donald McCallum, sub divisional officer at Johnstone said:

“This is not just an attack on the police office but on the community itself. The building was undergoing a refurbishment programme, which was fairly well advanced, that would have facilitated the return of officers and staff as part of a plan to address local concerns about anti-social behaviour and crime in the area.

“We were hopeful of formally re-opening the office in December or January 2008 by the latest. There is little likelihood of this timescale being met and as a matter of priority we will be considering the various options that are now open to us. We will be liaising with local elected representatives and keeping the local community informed of any decisions or developments.

“I am very disappointed that such a promising initiative will require to be postponed and I hope the community will bear with us as we try and find the best way forward. I can assure our local community that strenuous efforts will be made to identify the person(s) responsible.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information on who is responsible for this incident to contact Johnstone Police Office, on telephone number 01505 404000, or alternatively to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can remain anonymous.”

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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