Two 11-year-old boys have been interviewed by police about an arson attack at a play park which resulted in around £50,000 worth of damage.
Police were alerted to the blaze, in Rainbow Park, Shrewsbury Road, Manton, at around 4pm on Friday 29 September.
An investigation was launched after it was suspected the fire had been started deliberately.
Following extensive checks of CCTV footage, two suspects were identified by officers and have been questioned in connection with the incident.
Inspector Hayley Crawford, District Commander for Bassetlaw, said: “I’m gutted for the local children who have lost their play park as a result of this arson attack. For me, that’s the saddest thing.
"Families and children have been deprived of the opportunity to use and enjoy the park.
“I want to reassure the local community that we are treating this incident very seriously. Our investigation remains ongoing, and we will take appropriate action against those who were involved in this mindless attack.
“It goes without saying that arson is an incredibly serious offence that can lead to catastrophic consequences.
“That’s why we will always work alongside our fire colleagues to carry out thorough investigations and gather all of the available evidence to assist with our inquiries.”
Simon Cookson, district prevention officer for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We take deliberate fire setting very seriously at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, and will always work closely with our police and local council partners to ensure our community spaces are kept safe.
“Not only do deliberate fires waste time and resources, they put people and property at risk.
"If you have information following an incident of fire, please search ‘FireStoppers’, or call 0800 169 5558, to report anonymously.”
Councillor Darrell Pulk, cabinet member for environment and energy at Bassetlaw District Council, added: “This play park was specifically designed to give young children a safe area to enjoy themselves, play and have fun.
"Not only do acts of vandalism and antisocial behaviour like this, take that away from children in our area, they also divert time and resources away from our emergency services.”
The two 11-year-old boys interviewed yesterday (Wednesday 11 October) have since been released under investigation while police continue with their inquiries.
Anyone with any information about this incident, who hasn’t yet come forward, is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting incident number 561 of 29 September 2023, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Photos provided courtesy of Bassetlaw District Council