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Fire that destroyed Finsbury playground may be arson, say police

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:00 09 May 2013

Scene of the blaze last night

Scene of the blaze last night

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A fire that ravaged a popular children’s playground last night may have been started deliberately, police say.

The Three Corners Adventure Playground, in Spa Fields Park, was all but destroyed a blaze that started around 9.20pm.

Four fire engines and about 210 firefighters tackled the flames in the park off Skinner Street, Finsbury.

The fire took hold quickly and tore through the wooden climbing frame, but they had the blaze under control just after 10pm.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and are appealing for witnesses.

Sgt Barry Leake said: ”We are keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist this investigation. Young people in Islington have been deprived of a much loved playground as a result of this deliberate fire and we are determined to catch the culprits.”

Cllr Richard Watts, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “I’m angry that vandals have destroyed part of this very popular adventure playground for Islington’s children.

“Local young people were involved in designing the play structures themselves so children and families are rightly angry and upset by the damage this fire has caused.

“A police investigation is now underway to catch the culprits. We’re hoping to have the undamaged section of the playground open again tomorrow and will work to get the play structures repaired and ready for use again as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call 0776 678 1861 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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