CHILDREN’S play parks in Portsmouth have been targeted by arsonists putting lives at risk.
Following a number of incidents in the city, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, together with Hampshire Constabulary, are urging 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.
Station manager Damian Watts of Hampshire’s Arson Task Force said: ‘Starting fires, particularly those involving exploding materials, pose a serious risk of injury.’