Woodfieldside playground on fire for second time this year

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It is the second fire in the space of five months at the playground

A playground in Woodfieldside, near Blackwood, has been set on fire for the second time in less than five months.

Firefighters from Aberbargoed Fire Station fought the blaze, which broke out at the playground near Hall Street at around 6.18pm on Saturday July 2. The fire was extinguished at 6:43 p.m.

Penmaen councilor Roy Saralis said: “This playground is now going to be out of service for a very long time.

“It’s a lovely place where a lot of money has been spent to improve it. Wondering if it’s money well spent on a facility, when it seems like people are enjoying destroying it.

In March this year, the playground – which was only installed two years ago – was targeted by “blind vandals”. Following the first attack, Cllr Saralis estimated that tens of thousands of pounds of damage had been caused.

Cllr Saralis said the council was still in the process of claiming money through insurance for the latest arson attack on the playground.

No repairs were carried out on the playing field between the first fire and the second.

The Labor Advisor is currently appealing for any information relating to the incident.


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