Arsonists set fire to children’s playground

The burnt out Children's Adventure Playground at the Sheffield Ski Village.
The burnt out Children's Adventure Playground at the Sheffield Ski Village.
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A CHILDREN’S playground at the Ski Village complex in Sheffield was damaged in an arson attack.

Two wooden items of playground apparatus went up in flames when firebugs set them alight on Sunday night.

Firefighters alerted to the blaze at the Parkwood Springs-based site found 30ft high flames.

Flames from the fire on the hillside next to the slope could be seen from surrounding roads.

Vicky Lloyd, managing director of the Ski Village, said the slope was open as usual and damage to the play equipment would be repaired.

She said: “It is business as usual for us - two items of playground equipment were damaged on the periphery of our site so the fire did not spread to any of our other facilities.

“The playground was not due to open until the summer, so repairs will be carried out to get it open on time.”

Vicky added: “The ski slope, bowling alley and other facilities were not affected.

“We hope the police get to the bottom of what started the fire.”

Anyone with information about the blaze, which firefighters were informed about at 8.50pm on Sunday, should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020.

Meanwhile, a mini digger was destroyed after it was set alight in another arson attack on the outskirts of Sheffield.

The digger was parked next to a reservoir, off New Road, Bradfield, when it was set on fire.

Firefighters called out to the village extinguished the flames.

And firefighters were called out to a wood store found burning on allotments off Dodworth Road, Barnsley. A bonfire had been lit near to the shed earlier in the day.

A garden shed containing timber went up in flames after it was torched.

Firefighters were called out and dealt with the blaze on Meadowhead, Woodseats, Sheffield.