Arson attack at children’s play park condemned as ‘mindless’

People, Health and Care
12:03, Tuesday, 17th October 2023

A devastating arson attack at a Scunthorpe play park has been condemned after causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Two-thirds of the equipment at the children’s park off Warley Road was destroyed after a propellant was used to set fire to climbing equipment.

Council workers have made the remaining equipment safe but much of it, including a slide, a multi-play unit and a climbing tower, was damaged beyond repair and had to be removed – only days after being installed.

It is estimated the damage costs around £11,000.

Fire damaged play equipment

The area has recently received £50,000 of investment, including a multi-use games area and gym equipment, which have also been 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.”