Council slams criminals who destroyed wooden ship in children's play park fire

Families left devastated by the destruction caused to a children’s play park following a fire have been reassured that the site will remain safe for the future.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 7:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:27 pm

Fire crews were called to Charlie's Park, off Church Bank, Jarrow, to attend a blaze which totally destroyed a wooden play ship and damaged rubber matting.

Others expressed sadness at the loss of the ship and how it would affect the children who liked to play there.

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The burnt-out section of the children's Viking boat in Charlie's Park has now been removed.

Now, South Tyneside Council has spoken of its disappointment following the fire – but pledged to look into “other measures” to keep the site safe for the local community.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “It is extremely disappointing that mindless vandals have made such significant damage to the play ship at Charlie’s Park that it has had to be removed from the area.

“The play ship was very popular with children and their families so it’s a great shame that this facility, which brought lots of joy to the children who played there, has been destroyed.

South Tyneside Council has issued a statement following the incident.

“I would like to remind residents that any information on deliberate fires can be reported anonymously through FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558.”