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Two children caused fire damage to Belfast play park

In a statement on Facebook, the PSNI thanked the public for assisting them in apprehending the culprits (stock photo)
In a statement on Facebook, the PSNI thanked the public for assisting them in apprehending the culprits (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

Two children aged 11 and 13 were responsible for a fire at an east Belfast park that wrecked play equipment just as the Easter holidays started.

Avoniel play park will be closed for some time following the blaze on Monday evening.

In a statement on Facebook, the PSNI thanked the public for assisting them in apprehending the culprits.

It said: "Thanks to your help, we have identified and spoken to two youths aged 11 and 13 years of age, in the presence of their (understandably furious) parents, who have admitted responsibility for the damage to equipment at Avoniel play park in east Belfast earlier this week.

"Both young people will now be the subject of a report to the youth diversion officer.

"This incident once again reinforces our regular appeals for parents and guardians to know where their children are and what they are doing.

"It's also critically important to speak to children to ensure they understand that what might seem like fooling about can sometimes get out of hand.

"On this occasion, while the play park has sustained significant damage, thankfully no one was hurt.

"But that's only through good fortune."

The Fire Service attended the scene and extinguished the blaze.

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