Two-thirds of equipment at the children’s park off Warley Road, located in Brumby Ward, was destroyed after a propellant was used to set fire to climbing equipment. The remaining equipment has been made safe by council workers.
Much of it though was damaged beyond repair and had to be removed only days after it was installed. The arson damage cost is estimated at £11,000.
The area had recently received £50,000 of investment, including a multi-use games area and gym equipment. This was also targeted by vandals.
Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities (urban), condemned the attack and appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.
“This is mindless and stupid behaviour that directly impacts local families and the community. We are investing hundreds of thousands of pounds in our green spaces to provide much needed facilities for everyone, of all ages.
“Vandalism of this kind is a criminal act and is soul destroying. I would urge anyone who knows anything about this attack, or any other damage at Warley Road, to contact the police.
“It is the mindless few who are spoiling the community for the many, and we will come down hard on anyone committing this kind of extreme anti-social behaviour.”
A slide, multi-play unit and climbing tower had to be removed from the children’s due to the damage caused by the arson attack. It is not the only North Lincolnshire children’s playpark that has been targeted this year. In August, a voluntary group in Ulceby spoke out about weekly vandalism of its children’s playpark after a mum discovered three inch nails all over the park.
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