Bristol

Two men arrested over Ranch playground fire

Southmead playground on fire Image copyright Paddy Dorney
Image caption The playground known as The Ranch opened in Southmead about 60 years ago

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire that badly damaged a 60-year-old playground in north Bristol.

The 18-year-old men, from Southmead, have been released on bail while the police investigation continues into the fire at the Ranch on 8 June.

Residents were in tears as the fire took hold of the play structure which had recently been renovated.

A fundraising effort has since been launched to rebuild the facility.

Learning Partnership West estimates it will cost £10,000 to replace the burnt-out structures. More than £2,000 has already been raised, including £500 from an anonymous donor.

The Ranch, used by generations of children in Southmead, featured climbing walls, an outdoor classroom and a zip wire.

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