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Louts leave taxpayers out of pocket after playground arson

Archive image of a child playing on the nest swing which has since been destroyed by arsonists

Archive image of a child playing on the nest swing which has since been destroyed by arsonists

Vandals who torched a playground’s swing have left taxpayers footing the cost for its repair.

Arsonists attacked the Riverside Walk playground in Meadowcroft, Aylesbury at around 5pm on Tuesday July 22.

They set fire to a large nest swing suspended from a wooden frame, causing £1,700 worth of damage.

Bucks Fire and Rescue were called to quickly extinguish the blaze, which was started by dried grass being placed in the swing and lit.

The play area only two years ago.

Councillor Howard Mordue, cabinet member for leisure, said: “I know local residents will share our anger at this vandalism and we would urge anyone with information to contact the police as soon as possible.

“We have improved a number of our play areas across the district in the last few years so that young families have safe and up-to-date play equipment to enjoy.

“It is totally unacceptable that a mindless minority destroy and spoil these facilities and they should not be allowed to get away with it.

“We have to pay for damaged equipment to be repaired or replaced – money we would prefer to spend on continuing to improve facilities.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the community spaces team on 01296 585235, or Thames Valley Police on 101, or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Vandals also recently set fire to a play tunnel in the Overn Avenue play area in Buckingham, causing an estimated £800 worth of damage.

It is believed the play area was struck between July 15 and 22.

 

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