Yobs set fire to climbing frame in kids’ play area

The damaged climbing activity frame at the Welfare field in Pegswood.
The damaged climbing activity frame at the Welfare field in Pegswood.

A children’s play area in Pegswood has been hit by an arson attack.

The climbing activity frame in the Welfare field was set alight between 7.30pm and 11.30pm on Monday, May 11.

This follows other incidents in the area that happened earlier this month. A notice board was damaged and lights on the pavilion were smashed.

Pegswood Parish Council revealed yesterday that the repair bill for all three will be in the region of £4,700.

The incidents were discussed at a meeting of the authority on Monday evening.

Chairman Paul Williams said: “These actions are reprehensible, so we need to highlight what took place and the cost of the damage in the hope that the police then find the culprit or culprits.”

Members mentioned CCTV coverage and clerk Kevin Cassie said the council will have to decide the approach it wants to take when it comes to security of the Welfare pavilion and field.

He added that Network Rail is looking to repair the recent damage to coping stones on the retaining wall between the play area and the railway.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said that inquiries are on-going and anyone with information that can help is asked to call 101, extension 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Those who call about the arson offence in particular are asked to quote the following reference: 0559 13/05/15.