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Youths admit causing fire at Belfast play park

The blaze at Avoniel play park
The blaze at Avoniel play park

Police have confirmed that two youths have admitted causing a fire at a play park in east Belfast on Monday.

The youths, aged 11 and 13 admitted responsibility for damaging equipment in Avoneil Play Park after being identified by police.

Police said that they spoke to the two youths in the presence of their "understandably furious" parents.

They will now be the subject of a report to the Youth Diversion Officer.

A PSNI spokesperson said the incident showed the importance of parents knowing where their children are at all times.

"This incident once again reinforces our regular appeals for parent and guardians to know where their children are and what they are doing," the spokesperson said.

"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."

On Monday local charity Charter NI said that the play park faced closure while repairs are carried out to the damaged equipment.

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