Arson attack damages Hitchin playground

AN ARSON attack on a children’s playground in Hitchin has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The deliberate attack, which happened last Friday night at King George V playing fields on Old Hale Way, is estimated to have caused �8,000 worth of damage.

The wooden climbing tower was set alight, which caused it to collapse to the ground.

Pc Kate Raine said: “This arson has caused a significant amount of damage and it is estimated that it will cost �8,000 to repair the climbing frame.

“This act has left local children without a safe area to play and I am appalled that people think this type of behaviour is acceptable in our community.”

The damage follows an �80,000 renovation of the play equipment last year by North Herts District Council (NHDC).

Cllr Ian Knighton, portfolio holder for leisure at NHDC said: “This is very disheartening.

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“This kind of vandalism means that young children can’t enjoy a much loved playground and NHDC has to find money for repairs that could be spent much better elsewhere.

“We would appeal to anybody who saw or knows anything to please contact the police at once.”

Anyone with information can contact police via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.