A Pollokshields primary school's playground was set alight yesterday, as fire services raced to the scene. 

The fire at St Albert's Primary School on Maxwell Drive, which saw a playground bench set on fire, was lit at around 9pm. 

Fire services attended the incident shortly after. 

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A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 9.12pm on Monday, June 1 to reports of a fire within the grounds of a Primary School on Maxwell Road, Glasgow.

“Operations Control mobilised one appliance to the area where firefighters extinguished a fire involving a bench.

“Crews left after ensuring the area was made safe.”

Glasgow City Council commented on the fire, saying: 

“It’s so sad that some people have no respect for school property – especially at the moment when schools are closed to the majority of pupils. 

“This is blatant vandalism and puts unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and would ask members of the public to pass on any information to the police.”

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The blaze, which saw the bench burned to the ground and the area surrounding destroyed, has been commented on social media by concerned residents, who said that the grounds have been used by adults and children to walk and exercise during lockdown.

Local Councillor Jon Molyneux said: "It's really sad to see this happening, especially after the school has been welcoming of people using its grounds during the lockdown period.

"However it's heartening to see such a positive and compassionate response from the school community, including redoubling their efforts to reach out to young people who are struggling with lockdown."