Investigations are still ongoing almost six months after a suspected arson attack at a disused school, police have confirmed. 

The incident saw an outbuilding at the former Hethersett Woodside Primary and Nursery School become engulfed in flames - with thick smoke billowing into the sky.

Norwich Evening News: The aftermath of the blazeThe aftermath of the blaze (Image: Denise Bradley)

Norfolk Constabulary later announced that it was investigating the May 23 fire as arson.

Neighbours described the scene as "mayhem", adding the building was "totally ablaze" and there was "smoke everywhere". 

Some claimed to hear "a group of youngsters" in the site just moments before the incident.

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Norfolk County Council revealed plans last year to sell off the site's 1.3-acre playing fields to make way for affordable housing.

Norwich Evening News: Hayley Martin described the scene as mayhemHayley Martin described the scene as mayhem (Image: Denise Bradley)

But the scheme has been on hold since then as the authority awaits approval from the government's education secretary, Gillian Keegan, to sell the fields.

Once this has been given the green light, the space is expected to be sold to a developer to establish affordable homes for people with care and support needs.