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Shortly before midnight (07 Aug) Police were called to the scene of a stabbing incident in Weaste in which a 16 year old boy was attacked by a group and stabbed in the leg. This comes after reports of knives being used during thefts in several Salford parks over the past week. A GMP spokesman said:
The early hours of this morning saw firefighters tackling a blaze at the derelict union building in the park grounds. The fire was quickly brought under control and it is thought to have been started deliberately. No damage was done to the historic Georgian greenhouse or the listed mansion house itself. Fire services have left and workers are currently onsite making the building secure again. One lady on Social Media said that This comes just days after a similar fire ripped through an out building at the former site of St Lukes CofE primary school little over a mile away on Eccles New Road, and just over eight months after another similar fire did irreparable damage to another building on the same site. It has been reported that there were no casualties and the fire is now out.
Updated: Police say cause of the fire was deliberate. The fire seems to have been started in what was the old Nursery/Breakfast club portable classroom, erected on the site a year or so before it closed. It is thought that the main school building escaped the blaze but we have have been told that over the past few weeks or so the building had been ransacked, with pipes and fittings removed. St Luke's moved to a new state of the art £5.7m school built upon the old grounds of All Hallows / St Lawrences RC school between Hebden Avenue, Edward Avenue and Weaste Lane last year and has not operated from the old site since. Police and Firefighters have not yet disclosed the cause of the fire, although they have not ruled out it being Arson. The flames have now been brought under control and extinguished, whilst firefighters remain attending the scene this evening with three appliances to ensure it is out and also to locate the source and cause of the blaze. If you have information regarding the fire please contact the police on 101.