Coventry & Warwickshire

CCTV for Allesley Park after third arson attack

Temporary CCTV is going to be installed at a children's playground in a Coventry park after it was attacked by arsonists for a third time in a year.

The fire service said play equipment, wooden fences and grass were damaged at Allesley Park on Tuesday.

The blaze was started by vandals setting fire to two wheelie bins next to the playground, it said.

Police are installing a mobile CCTV camera, which they hope will prevent further vandalism.

Chair of Coventry's Police and Crime Board Phil Townshend said: "The damage to the park was considerable and will have a real impact on the many Coventry families who enjoy visiting the park.

"I want to send a strong message out to the tiny minority of mindless vandals who spoiled a play area loved by so many people that we will not tolerate this kind of criminal activity."

West Midlands Police said it was still investigating the fire.

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