Teenager ar­rested after equip­ment in play park set on fire

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY GARETH CROSS

PO­LICE in Londonderry have spo­ken of their “dis­gust” after a play park was set on fire.

The park at Eglin­ton in Derry’s Water­side sus­tained ex­ten­sive dam­age in the ar­son at­tack on Satur­day night.

A 15-year-old male has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent and is cur­rently in cus­tody as­sist­ing po­lice with their en­quiries.

The PSNI said: “What kind of peo­ple would set fire and cause such dam­age to play equip­ment used by lit­tle chil­dren?”

Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan said work was al­ready un­der way to get the play park back in op­er­a­tion. “I’m dis­gusted at the van­dal­ism of the play park in Eglin­ton that is used and en­joyed

Dam­age: Af­ter­math of at­tack

by so many fam­i­lies from the vil­lage and be­yond,” he said.

“I, along with SDLP coun­cil­lors, will be work­ing to en­sure the park can be re­stored and re­opened as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I would urge any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about this at­tack on the com­mu­nity to come for­ward with it.” DUP coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Warke said it was not the first time the play park had been tar­geted. “The play park has now been closed. We have been speak­ing with many res­i­dents this morn­ing who are dis­gusted by what has hap­pened,” he said.

“The PSNI are aware of the in­ci­dent and will be fol­low­ing up on the in­for­ma­tion they now have.”

Po­lice said images of the ar­son at­tack had been posted on­line. “We are aware of a num­ber of videos and images cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia and we would ask for those to be re­moved and to be sent di­rectly to us,” po­lice said.

“If any­one has in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent or those in­volved we would be keen to hear from you. You can con­tact us by pm or by phon­ing 101 and quot­ing ref 518, 13/01/19.”

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