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Fire ruins children's play area

Fire wrecked the pirate ship Photo: Thanet District Council

A play area in Ramsgate has been badly damaged by vandals.

The attack in Ellington Park on Thursday night is believed to have caused around £30,000 worth of damage and deprived children of a major attraction in the town.

A pirate ship which was only installed two years ago was completely destroyed.

The council has been told the cost of replacing the ship will be £27,000 but unless it can claim on its insurance, it will not be able to afford to replace it.

Fire has wrecked many items of equipment Credit: Thanet District Council

Councillor Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “It’s heartbreaking to hear this has happened and I can imagine that the parents of the young children who use this area must be devastated by the news.

"Why on earth would someone do something like this? I know how popular this was with the local community and I understand that children loved playing on this ship. Now that’s been taken away from them by a mindless act of vandalism.”

She added: “Sadly, the council just doesn’t have the money set aside to make such a huge replacement like this. Much as it pains me to say it, I can’t see how we can replace it, unless we can make a successful insurance claim. I hope those responsible will think about how much they’ve cost the community.”

Kent Police are appealing for anyone with information about the fire, or who saw people acting suspiciously in the park yesterday evening, to call them on.