Vandals have destroyed play equipment in a Sunderland park in a ‘senseless’ arson attack
The playground in Backhouse Park has been sealed off since the incident earlier this week and local councillors have condemned the crime.
The damage is so severe that much of the equipment will need to be completely removed and replaced.
Northumbria Police is stepping up patrols in the area and officers are reviewing footage from a CCTV camera that councillors had installed after a series of smaller fires last year.
Conservative St Michael’s ward councillor Lyall Reed said the attack was devastating:
"Just recently many volunteers, including myself, were out there painting the fence and working to improve the children's play park, now after this damage we are back to square one. This senseless fire damage, done by thoughtless vandals, has made the play park unusable for children, which is so tragic for our local community.
"We, as local councillors, arranged for the installation of a CCTV camera for this very reason and the police are now reviewing that footage in their investigation.”