26th Oct, 2020

Police appeal for witnesses following suspected arson attack

Laura Kearns 21st Sep, 2020

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a suspected arson attack.

Officers  on patrol around the Craven Road area discovered a fire in Millennium Park – also known as Brian Whistance Pocket Park – shortly after 1.30am on Sunday (September 20).

The fire service put out the blaze, which is believed to have been started in a wheelie bin which had been placed in the middle of the wooden play area.

PC Sharon Smyth said: “While no arrests have been made, investigations are ongoing and we would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at around the time of the fire who may have seen something suspicious to please get in touch.

“Thankfully no one was hurt as a result of this incident but senseless crimes such as these will not be tolerated as they can have devastating consequences. The fire caused extensive damage to the play area which has sadly meant that local children won’t be able to use it until it has been repaired which could take some weeks.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or ring 0800 555 111 to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

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