POLICE chiefs are urging youngsters to 'keep away' from a former golf club that was left a smouldering wreck after being torched.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, the commander of the East Staffordshire local policing team, warned children of the dangers of playing at the former Craythorne Golf Club, in Craythorne Road, Rolleston, after it was destroyed by a fire that raged for several hours last week.
The area's top cop was keen to push home the safety message after pupils from schools across the area broke up for the summer holidays.
He also wanted to move quickly to ensure curiosity did not get the better of youngsters.
He said: "A multi-agency investigation is continuing with the fire service and ourselves.
"We don't want youngsters going onto the site, so I would plead with them to stay away from there."
The force is continuing to work closely with other agencies, including Staffordshire Fire and Resuce Service, as part of an investigation in the blaze, which started at around 12.15am on Friday.
Police chiefs were quick to confirm the blaze was 'deliberate' and that search is still ongoing for the person responsible.
More than 45 firefighters were called in to tackle the inferno. Flames could be seen for miles across Rolleston and Stretton.
Chief Insp Maskrey added: "Detectives are now continuing to conduct an investigation into this fire and we want to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area on Thursday night or Friday morning.
"Anyone with information that may help our investigation is asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident number six of July 18, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111."
No-one was injured as a result of the fire.