Erewash Borough Council has appealed to local resident to help find the vandals who set fire to a basket swing at a children’s play area in Cotmanhay . . . just two weeks after it was installed.

The popular play equipment had been repaired and reinstalled with a new seat and complete new swing assembly at the Beauvale Drive play area in mid-August. It is thought the arsonists struck sometime last week (beginning 31 August), causing nearly £1,000 worth of damage.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“This is absolutely disgraceful and very, very frustrating. How many times do we find ourselves saying that a piece of play equipment has been damaged? This should not and will not be tolerated. We need local people, local communities to rally and help us fight this problem – we can’t do it alone. Please be our eyes and ears and tell us or the police if you know who is destroying a facility that we provide for your children. Let the mindless minority know that they are not a part of your community.”

Anyone with information should contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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