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Cash reward to catch arsonists

Published Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Enfield Council is offering a cash reward for information leading to the prosecution of arsonists who caused £30,000 damage to a children’s play area in Groveland Park.

parks, arson The latest attack at around 8pm on 26 February saw the criminals set fire to the basket swing in the popular woodland play area in Winchmore Hill causing extensive damage by covering it with dozens of newspapers and igniting them. It follows two other arson attacks at the park which have caused a combined £30,000 damage to equipment there.

The incidents have been reported to the police and witnesses who may have seen someone in the vicinity carrying large bundles of newspapers are being asked to come forward. Enfield Council has already increased parks police patrols in the area is looking at installing covert CCTV in the area to try and identify the criminals concerned.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “It defies belief that anyone would be selfish enough to torch a playground and rob young children of the opportunity to play on the superb community facilities  or stupid enough to set fire to a playground in a wood.

“We are appalled and upset that a small number of individuals seem intent on destroying facilities that are made available for the benefit of the community and I’d urge anyone who shares our disgust and outrage to contact the police so we can catch the idiots responsible.”

Anyone with information which may help the police investigation should ring 101, Enfield Council will pay the reward money if the information provided leads to a successful prosecution.

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