Vandals set fire to children’s equipment in Northumberland play park

The children's slide in Pegswood.
The children's slide in Pegswood.

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a children’s play park after setting it alight.

The children’s climbing frame and slide at Juliet Oakley Children’s Park, Pegswood Miners Welfare, was destroyed in the blaze, which caused around £4,000 worth of damage.

An investigation by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service Officers found the fire had been deliberately started by use of an accelerant.

Station manager Darren Nelson said: “While we make every effort to educate young people and prevent vandalism through schools education and youth engagement, I’m saddened and disappointed by this incident.

“Attending deliberate incidents like this also means firefighters and equipment are tied up, possibly delaying response to other life threatening incidents”.

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A joint investigation of the incident involving the Local Multi Agency Partnership is ongoing – this involves Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, schools and service providers.

Coun Liz Simpson, chairman of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, said: “This vandalism has damaged a well-used play park and caused a lot of upset to people living in the area.

“The council and all our partners are determined to find who did this and bring the facilities back into use as soon as possible.”

Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves of Morpeth neighbourhood policing team, said: “This mindless criminal act has caused considerable damage to the play equipment at the park which is well used by local families and has caused concern in the community.

“We will not tolerate vandals damaging places that are available for our communities to enjoy.

“They should be warned that we are continuing to carry out enquiries to identify those responsible.

“I’d urge anyone with information about who is responsible or anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area on the evening of Monday, May 11, to contact us as soon as possible.

“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone with any information that could help us with our enquiries is asked to contact us as soon as possible.”