YOUNGSTERS on Fleetwood’s West View estate have been left with nowhere to play over the past week after a mean-minded arson attack on a community park.
The youngsters were left devastated after the seemingly minor fire at the People’s Park on the West View estate meant the play area had to be closed down with a stark warning sign put in place blaming mindless thugs.
Wyre Council says the blaze, which was started in a litter bin, had damaged an area of asphalt close to equipment and made the area unsafe for use.
Locals are hoping the council can get the repairs finished as quickly as possible.
The play equipment, brought in after a massive fundraising effort by the community, has already been locked up for two weeks and it is expected to be at least another week before the damage is repaired.
Now police are appealing for anyone with information about the shocking incident or who may have witnessed it on July 28 between 2am and 2.40am to come forward.
PCSO Helen Thompson, of Fleetwood Police, told The Gazette: “This has upset many parents of the younger children who use this park, particularly now it is the school holidays.
“It was a mindless act and we need to find whoever is responsible.
“Anyone who has any information about this incident or knows who is responsible should please contact police.”
Bosses at the park said it was heartbreaking turning away youngsters who wanted to use the play area. Park key holder Caroline Wood added: “I turned eight families away the other day and the kids were crying.”
Locals believe the fire could have been set by teenagers congregating on the site and urged Wyre Council chiefs to get the repairs done as quickly as possible.
A community worker, who declined to be named, said: “In recent weeks there have been kids aged 17 and 18 drinking on there and I have kicked them off. “At night someone has come back and set the bin on fire. “The people at Wyre Council still haven’t been to fix it and it’s a shame because we need it now for the kids. It’s our park and we raised a lot of money to have it built and it should be working.”
Anybody with any information about the fire is asked to call police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.