OFFICERS investigating a suspected arson attack in a North East park have released images of the extensive damage and are appealing to the public for information.

An investigation is ongoing into fire damage caused to to Beacon Lough East Park children’s play park on Sundew Road.

The fire is believed to have occurred overnight from June 27 into June 28 and been the result of those responsible setting fire to two wheelie bins which has then spread to the play equipment causing extensive damage.

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Thankfully no one was injured however, the cost of the damage is thought to be between £20,000 - £30,000 and as a result the park has had to be closed.

Enquiries are ongoing to find those responsible, and officers are now appealing to anybody with information to come forward.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Andy Hyde said: “Arson is an extremely serious offence, fire is very dangerous and can quickly spread and this incident could easily have resulted in serious injury or even a fatality.

“We are carrying out a range of enquiries into the incidents including CCTV surveillance and speaking to witnesses.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone found to have been involved can expect to be dealt with robustly.

“I am today asking anybody who lives in the area and who believes they may have information regarding these incidents to get in touch – your information could be crucial.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting crime number 075388V/22.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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