A 14-year-old boy has been charged after a late-night fire badly damaged an Army Cadet hall used by dozens of youngsters.
The blaze was discovered after police officers on patrol spotted smoke billowing above the building in Nailer Road, Camelon shortly before midnight on Monday.
Firefighters from Falkirk and Larbert fire stations were quickly on the scene and brought the incident under control.
The damage to the hall, which is used by cadets from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion, is still being assessed but it could be out of action for over nine months.
Officers appealed for information after the break-in and suspicious fire damaged the building around midnight on Monday.
They urged anyone with information, particularly about three youngsters in their mid-to-late teens, who were seen in the area around the time of the incident.
Sergeant David Ferguson said: “A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal and Children’s Reporter. Anyone who may have witnessed something and has not yet been in touch is urged to do so.
“The response has been very good from people, I think because it involves something which is seen as a valuable part of the