A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after substantial fire damage was caused to a play park in Swindon.
Police were called to the park in Tadpole Garden Village at approximately 7.50am this morning following a report that the slide at the park had been set on fire.
The fire and rescue service were called to extinguish the blaze which caused significant damage to the park as a result.
Officers conducted extensive neighbourhood enquiries following the incident and a 15-year-old local boy was arrested on suspicion of arson.
He is currently in custody at Gablecross police station for further questioning.
Acting Sgt Keith Macdonald said: “This type of mindless behaviour is just completely unacceptable – as a result of this fire, this popular piece of equipment is completely out of action for the young children living nearby who enjoy the facilities on a regular basis.
“I’d like to thank local residents for their assistance with our enquiries this morning which led us to the arrest of a local teenager in connection with the arson.”
Anyone with further information should call 101 and quote crime reference 54210113272. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.