Thugs set fire to tod­dlers’ play­ground

Van­dals cause over £20,000 worth of dam­age to kit

Rutherglen Reformer - - Police Appeal - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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