Council condemns 'wanton vandals' after kids' pirate ship goes up in flames

The wooden pirate ships has been destroyed by fire Credit: Tendring District Council

A council's condemned 'wanton vandals' after a wooden pirate ship at a children's play area in Harwich burned down.

The ship, worth about £10,000, went up in flames over the weekend at the site in Stour Road.

An officer will inspect the damage today and see what needs to be done to make the area safe.

“This is just wanton vandalism of a facility which is provided for children in this part of Harwich and it is they who will be affected by this. If anyone has any idea who was responsible or saw anything suspicious in the area I would ask them to contact either Essex Police of the Council.”

Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment,

A new pirate ship will cost anything for £ 8,000 to £12,000 to replace and it is covered by insurance.

Tendring District Council says it'll be looking to clear away the debris, get a quote for a new pirate ship and get it installed as quickly as possible.