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Second teenager arrested over children's play area arson

PUBLISHED: 11:35 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:41 29 May 2019

A second teenage girl has been arrested over the arson in the play area at The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Pippa Hopwood

A second teenage girl has been arrested over the arson in the play area at The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Pippa Hopwood

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A second teenage girl has been arrested in connection with an arson attack at a children's play area in Poringland.

Children's play equipment has been deliberately set on fire just as half-term has begun, The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Pippa HopwoodChildren's play equipment has been deliberately set on fire just as half-term has begun, The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Pippa Hopwood

Police were called at around 4.20pm on Bank Holiday Monday to the play park in The Footpath, where a climbing frame and slide had been set alight causing extensive damage.

A teenage girl was arrested on Tuesday and has since been referred to the youth offending team. A second teenage girl was arrested on Wednesday morning and remains in police custody.

Fire crews from Earlham and Long Stratton were called to the scene at just after 4pm to extinguish the fire, which saw flames and thick smoke rising several feet into the air.

The arson caused severe damage to the equipment which prompted Poringland Parish Council to close the entire park due to concerns over health and safety.

Children's play equipment has been deliberately set on fire just as half-term has begun, The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodChildren's play equipment has been deliberately set on fire just as half-term has begun, The Footpath, Poringland. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

The community, which raised around £60,000 to install new equipment in the play area in recent years, spoke of their shock and said it was a devastating for families just as half-term holidays has begun.

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