Schools hit by intruders

TWO Bundaberg schools were attacked in an end-of-holidays crime spree on Sunday night.

Offenders lit fires in the grounds and a classroom of Bundaberg Central State School, with Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg called shortly before midnight.

“There has been damage caused to (Bundaberg Central State School) by someone lighting small spot fires within the building,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Leisa Norton said.

She said the offenders broke a window to access the building.

“It's by the will of God that none of the fires have ignited,” Sgt Norton said.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Bundaberg station officer Andrew McCracken said spot fires were found in a wheelie bin, a garden bed and inside one of the school buildings.

“It was definitely an arson attempt,” Mr McCracken said.

“Someone has gone out of their way to start a fire (at the school).”

He said the fires were smouldering when fire crews arrived, but they were quickly extinguished.

“Fortunately they didn't catch on, and there was only minor damage,” Mr McCracken said.

He said the incident was disturbing because it could have serious consequences.

“Arson is a very serious matter which can result in a lengthy jail term,” Mr McCracken said.

“This incident could have destroyed millions of dollars worth of tax-payers money and public funds.”

In a separate incident, a golf buggy was also stolen after thieves broke into Bundaberg State High School.

“The buggy was located at the golf driving range (on Walker Street) about 4.10am,” Sgt Norton said.

She said it appeared nothing else was taken and there was only minor damage.

Earlier in the school holidays, St Patrick's Catholic School in Mulgrave Street, Bundaberg was also broken into, with the crime reported to have taken place at some time between August 24 and 25.

It is not known whether any of the incidents are related, but Bundaberg Police are investigating.

Anyone with information about the break-in or the arson attempt is asked to telephone Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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