Third attack in recent months on Mangotsfield play area

Springfield Play Area in Mangotsfield has been targeted by arsonists for the third time in recent months, putting it out of action.

A fire was started deliberately yesterday evening, catching the floor covering alight.  Play equipment was also damaged.

The area has been taped and fenced off and a health and safety notice erected, earning it is out of use and unsafe. It is not known when it will reopen.

Local councillor Michael Bell today called it an “absolutely mindless act, taking away a facility for small children and their parents to enjoy themselves”.

Police Community Support Officers have been out today asking people if they have any information about the attack. The crime reference number is 5219094545.

Meanwhile local people are calling for CCTV to be installed to help prevent attacks in the future.