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Children's play area in Blackburn plagued by vandals
11:08am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A CHILDREN’S play area plagued by vandals was set alight in the middle of the night.
Firefighters were called to the play area next to Griffin Park in Blackburn at 1am yesterday.
A wooden play house was severely damaged in the blaze, which was started deliberately, according to fire officers.
Crew manager Dave Hillyard said: “It is a shame for the children in that area.
“Unfortunately, you get people who do these things because they have nothing better to do.”
The play area, off Cavendish Place, was also strewn with litter including empty beer cans yesterday, while large areas of the floor surface had been pulled up and ruined.
One Cavendish Place resident said it was disappointing because the community had funded the play area a few years ago.
He said: “This is always happening. It has happened three or four times.
“This is not the first time and I certainly don’t expect it will be the last.
“There are not a lot of children who use it anymore so we get teens going on and hanging around.
“As a community we paid for it all to be done a few years ago after raising the money.
“But it has just been ruined and it is very sad.
“My daughter is expecting a baby but there will be nowhere for the child to play when it grows up because they will just have to flatten the play area.”
Mill Hill councillor Damian Talbot said the council was looking at getting rid of the play area.
He said: “They had quite an active community group there a few years ago and the park was done through grant funding so it is a shame.
“Having said that, the park is one of the ones we are consulting on getting rid of.
“We had a street surgery around there recently and people were asking when it would be removed.
“It is sad when people target play areas in this way.
“It is a minority who don’t see the consequences of their actions or simply do not care.”
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