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Gowanbank Primary School closed following fire

Gowanbank Primary School
Image caption Emergency services were called to the school at about 18:00 on Thursday

A Glasgow school, which has been repeatedly targeted by vandals, has been closed following a fire.

Emergency services were called to Gowanbank Primary, in Overtown Avenue, at about 18:00 on Wednesday.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, but some parents have taken to social media, calling for action.

In 2013 a janitor had to be rescued from a blaze at the Nitshill school, which was thought to have been started deliberately.

The school was also hit by vandals earlier this year when £10,000 worth of damage was caused.

Det Sgt Graham Scott said the damage caused was significant.

"Inquiries carried out so far have revealed a group of four or five youths, boys and girls, with two youths on bikes, were seen in the area around the time of the incident and I am urging them and anyone else who was in the vicinity to contact us," he said.

"We also have information of an attempt to set fire to a community garden in Cleeves Primary school, Househillmuir Road, Pollok, approximately one hour before the fire at Gowanbank.

"This attempt was unsuccessful, however, we are investigating both incidents and at this stage cannot rule out if they are linked."

Anyone with any information has been urged to contact the police.

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