Seven youths sought after station waiting room fire

British Transport Police (BTP) officers want to talk to five young males and two females after fire broke out in a waiting room at Laurencekirk Station.

The fire happened around 8.30pm on Monday, August 11, in the waiting room on platform one, when books for use by waiting passengers were set alight.

Officers have released the following descriptions of seven people they believe have important information about the incident, all of whom are believed to be around 16 years old:

Female: slim build, long dark hair, wearing a light green or beige jacket, black leggings and white footwear;

Female: slim build, grey hooded tracksuit top, three-quarter length trousers, and light-coloured footwear;

Male: slim build, wearing a light-coloured hooded top with a round-shaped logo on the front, light blue jeans and light-coloured footwear;

Male: slim build, blue hooded sweatshirt top, dark trousers and dark-coloured footwear;

Male: slim build, light-coloured hooded sweatshirt top, light blue jeans, and white footwear;

Male: medium build, wearing a blue sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and a woollen hat, possibly black and grey in two bands;

Male: medium build, short dark hair, dark-coloured top with zipped front, very light-coloured trousers.

Temporary Police Sergeant Ashley Forbes said: “I appeal directly to the Laurencekirk community to identify those responsible for this fire. Perhaps a parent had a child come home smelling of smoke.

“Local people fought hard to have Laurencekirk re-opened. I appeal to the community to assist in identifying those responsible for this fire.’’

“If anyone recognises any of the descriptions or has information on what happened at the station, they should contact British Transport Police immediately.”

Anyone with information on this incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or by text, on 61016, quoting reference B7/DDIV of 18/8/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.