Arsonists in new attack on Portsmouth play area

A firefighter tackles the blaze at Baffins Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak
A firefighter tackles the blaze at Baffins Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak
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Play park arsonists have struck again in Portsmouth.

Equipment was damaged for the second time in three months at the Baffins Pond play area.

The Baffins play area fire'' Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak

The Baffins play area fire'' Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman confirmed the fire was classed as being started maliciously.

Firefighters were called out at 10.12pm on Thursday and put it out by 10.32pm. The small fires vehicle from Southsea attended and beaters were used to put it out.

The previous fire was on January 30.

It follows a series of fires started deliberately at children’s play parks in Portsmouth.

Easrlier this month following a number of incidents in the city, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, together with Hampshire Constabulary, urged residents to be alert and report any suspicious behaviour.

Sergeant Jon Tilbury of Hampshire police said: ‘The play park areas which have been damaged were real assets to the local community and now, through careless acts of arson, they will be closed to families for repair work.’

The fire service is 
encouraging all parents to remind their children of the dangers of starting fires and to ensure they are aware that 
deliberately starting a blaze, of any size, is treated as arson, the consequences of 
which can be extremely serious.