Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Workers Escape Office Arson Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Workers Escape Office Arson Attack

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Social workers on Tyneside have been targeted by an arsonist, police said last night.

Police investigating a blaze at a social services office in Walker, Newcastle, say they cannot rule out the possibility it may have been started by someone involved in a recent care case.

The attack, at 12.40am yesterday, targeted the room where two emergency on-call social workers were working.

Social workers at this office deal with highly sensitive cases, including child protection, older people's care and people with learning disabilities.

No-one was hurt and no confidential files have been lost in the attack, but computer equipment was damaged and the office was smoke logged.

The office in Airey Terrace was attacked by arsonists three times in 1999 and a local man was later jailed for 10 years for two of the attacks and other offences.

A police spokeswoman said: "We do suspect this was arson and we are exploring all possibilities.

"We are aware of the previous arson attacks on the building. …

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