Firebugs strike in Fram play area

RESIDENTS have been left devastated after an arson attack at a popular town play park.A tubular slide, installed about two years ago at Pageant Field in Framlingham as part of £40,000 worth of refurbishment work at the site, was badly damaged in the blaze.

RESIDENTS have been left devastated after an arson attack at a popular town play park.

A tubular slide, installed about two years ago at Pageant Field in Framlingham as part of £40,000 worth of refurbishment work at the site, was badly damaged in the blaze.

The new recreation equipment is a source of great pride in the town, and the site is a popular play area.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at around 10.50pm on Saturday night.


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The damage to the slide and surrounding safety surface will cost around £5,000 to fix.

Town clerk Eileen Coe said. "We are just absolutely horrified. It's just mindless vandalism," she said.

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The town was suffering vandalism problems at the moment, particularly at weekends, she added.

But this was the first time the play park had been targeted in such a way. The vandalism in the town consisted of incidents such as hanging baskets getting ripped off and "silly things", she said.

She and husband Kevin Coe, a town councillor, had been at the site at around 7.30pm on Saturday, picking up litter.

"This is basically just before the summer holidays and I mean the youngsters have such a wonderful time up there and we have done such a lot of work," she said.

"It's devastating really. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of it."

A police spokeswoman said they were treating the incident as arson. She asked anyone with information about the blaze to contact PC Matthew Gould on 01986 835300.

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