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Kinellar primary school blaze is being treated as wilful

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Image caption A building which houses nursery and P1 classes was badly damaged

Police investigating a fire at a primary school in Aberdeenshire say the blaze is being treated as "wilful".

About 30 firefighters spent five hours tackling the blaze at Kinellar Primary School on New Year's Day.

A part of the building which houses nursery and P1 classes was damaged in the fire, which was reported at about 02:15.

Police officers said they were keen to speak to anyone who was in the area or has any information about the incident.

Aberdeenshire Council said this would not affect teaching, and the school would reopen as planned after the festive holiday on 6 January.

Sgt Sandra Crighton of Police Scotland said she wanted to hear from anyone with information about the fire, or saw anyone in the area.

She said "There was a group of older teenagers in the area, who may have witnessed the fire and we are keen to identify and speak with them."

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Image caption The school is expected to reopen as planned on 6 January

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