Arson in the park robs children of zip wire thrill

Teenage arsonists are suspected of damaging one of the newest attractions in the recently renovated Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge. After part of the equipment was set on fire, children from three to 12 years have been robbed of a thrilling ride on a zip wire.  It may be mid-August, before the attraction can be reopened. Access to the zip wire was from a metal stage and a ramp.  The badly burned ramp has been taken away for repair or replacement.  Park ranger Paul Evans  says this will cost ‘hundreds of pounds’.

Park ranger Paul at the zip wire: the fire was at the platform, near where Paul is standing

Park ranger Paul at the zip wire: the fire was at the platform, near where Paul is standing

Mr Evans added: “A group of youths were bent on damaging our beautiful, brand new play area, created at great expense.  Younger children are now being disappointed when they can’t go on the zip wire.”

Police are investigating the act of vandalism that has spoiled the summer fun for countless children, and left ratepayers footing the bill.

The park was fully reopened in the spring after a makeover costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.  This has included landscaping and improvements to pathways, as well as the children’s play area. Children and youths from other areas are using the park, which is run by High Peak Borough council.

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