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Sinn Fein councillor condemns 'mindless action' of those who set fire to child's park

A Sinn Fein councillor has praised police and hit out at the "mindless actions" of those who set fire to a child's play park.

It comes in response to an arson attack on Solitude Park in Banbridge in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police responding to a call out found the main climbing frame in the park had been set on fire, with damage caused to the safety netting and ropes.

They were assisted in their response by members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, who manage to ensure the main frame was not completely destroyed.

Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Savage said: "I want to first of all commend the local police force who intervened swiftly in the early hours of this morning. It was this swift intervention that significantly limited the damage caused. I want to also thank the Fire Service for their efforts.

"The mindless actions of those involved serve absolutely no purpose. Nothing is to be gained from setting fire to a children's play park.

"Those behind this attack have little to offer and their actions will be met with anger and disgust from the local community."

He added he had been in touch with council staff asking the park be assessed before being reopened to the public.

Anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the park between 1.30am and 2.15am on Tuesday, or who heard anything suspicious, is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference 104 of 24/04/2018.

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