Police are appealing for information after a fire at Gateshead Stadium.
At 6.55pm on Tuesday April 26, vandals set fire to a number of crash mats behind a fenced area at the stadium on Neilson Road.
Fire services extinguished the fire and enquiries are now continuing into the incident, which police are treating as a suspected arson.
Anyone with any information into the fire is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 896 26/04/16.
Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry (below) says the borough is ready to host the Australian athletics team before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year. He says Gateshead Stadium has been improved and refurbished and is now world class.