‘Mindless’ arsonists burn down playpark opposite primary school

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A CHILDREN’S playpark has been destroyed in an arson attack.

Firefighters from Rainton Bridge were called to the play area opposite Newbottle Primary School in Houghton Road, Houghton-le-Spring, at 8pm yesterday.

A metal and timber castle climbing frame had been set on fire.

It took crews half and hour to put out the blaze, which destroyed the equipment.

A spokesman for the fire brigade said: “This is just mindless vandalism.”