Thugs set fire to toddlers’ playground
Vandals cause over £20,000 worth of damage to kit
A play park has been set on fire in a busy residential street causing £20,000 worth of damage.
A climbing frame and slide on Rona Terrace in East Whitlawburn were set alight at around 8am on Sunday, just yards from a large block of flats.
Repairing and replacing play equipment in the park - designed for toddlers and young children is estimated to cost in the region of £20,000.
Police say a group of youths aged between 15 and 17 were seen in the park shortly before the fire took hold.
Lucie Black, of Rutherglen’s community policing team, said: “Every deliberate fire has victims, costs and consequences. Fires can quickly spread and become out of control. Fire setting is an offence. Don’t accept it, report it.”
Alistair McKinnon, head of facilities, waste and grounds services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “We have been out to inspect the Rona Terrace play park to assess the damage.
“This mindless vandalism has resulted in extensive damage and we would urge anyone who has any information to contact the police.”
People with information on the fire and those responsible are asked to contact police on telephone number 101, or to report it anonymously to crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Residential The play park is situated next to flats