Yobs torch children's play equipment in Wigan park

Yobs have destroyed children's play equipment in a Wigan park after it was set alight using a wheelie bin.

Friday, 19th April 2019, 8:16 am
Updated Saturday, 20th April 2019, 9:04 am
The damaged playing equipment

Firefighters were called to the green space on Lamberhead Road at around 3am on Friday.

They found a large two-storey play structure complete with wooden slides well alight in the middle of an area of sand.

A wheelie bin had been placed in the middle of it and it is thought it was initially torched, the blaze then spreading.

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The damaged playing equipment

Although the equipment was not completely destroyed by the fire it will now be completely unusable.

The incident is being treated as suspicious and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have been informed.

Fire crews were at the scene for around 40 minutes.

Wigan Council said: "We are extremely saddened by such mindless vandalism.

The damaged playing equipment

"One of our joiners has attended to assess the damage. While the structure is still standing it is badly burnt.

"Parents should be aware that children should not use the damaged equipment in its current state due to it being unsafe. We have locked the gates and taped it off."