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Meriden park arsonists cause £10,000 of damage

Aisling Kiely 16th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

ARSONISTS have caused havoc in Meriden Park – destroying £10,000 worth of equipment.

And the attack is the latest in a long line of incidents at the park this year.

Hours of hard work restoring the area from previous attacks were turned to dust as the offenders set fire to the community built ‘play-pod’ on Friday (May 6).

The fire service were alerted to the incident and arrived at the scene to find parts of the play area alight.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said: “The fire service arrived at the scene as soon as possible to put out the fire.

“The police were informed of the incident at 11.10pm as the fire was believed to be suspicious.”

The attack has prompted staff and students from Grace Academy to offer their services and get their hands dirty in an attempt clean-up the area.

Family support worker, Maxine Bromley, said: “We really wanted to offer our help after the arson attack to invest in our local community.

“We want to help restore the area that has been destroyed so it can be used by others, and many of our students and parents who use Meriden Park.”

Coun Karen Grinsell, cabinet member for stronger communities and partnerships, said: “I can’t believe that anyone would want to damage such a fantastic resource within the local community.

“The response from the community has been overwhelmingly supportive with offers of donations and physical assistance, including from the Grace Academy who immediately offered to come and help repair the damage.”

Police are eager to find those responsible and are urging witnesses to come forward with any information.


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