POLICE are hunting a group of youths following a fire at a primary school in the Borders.

Emergency services raced to the scene as the drama unfolded at Parkside in Jedburgh in the early hours of this (Sunday) morning.

A passerby raised the alarm after spotting flames coming from the gym building in the town's Waterside Road around 2.10am.

No one was injured but officers are now carrying out inquiries in an effort to trace those responsible and are eager to hear from anyone who noticed unusual or suspicious behaviour in the area around the time of this incident.

A small group of youths were seen in the vicinity of the school and police are particularly keen to speak with them as part of their ongoing investigation. 

Inspector Alistair Hutchens of Police Scotland said: “Fortunately no one was injured and this fire never had the opportunity to grow thanks to the actions of a member of the public and the quick response of the emergency services.

“However, this is a very serious matter and we are conducting various lines of inquiry in an effort to trace those responsible.

“We are looking very closely into the reports of a small group of youths who were seen in the area and I would urge anyone who can help us identify them to come forward immediately.

“Those with relevant information are asked to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”