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Appeal for suspicious fire witnesses

Credit: Press Association

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Galashiels.

The incident happened around 1am this morning in Scott Park.

A plastic bin was set alight before the flames spread to the swing set and rubber ground cover.

Police say the park sustained significant damage and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

Officers are particularly keen to trace two young people seen running away from the area at the time the fire broke out.

"The Scott Park is popular for dog walkers and families and this mindless act of destruction means that the bin will be out of use until it can be repaired.

"We are pursuing various local lines of inquiry to trace the culprits and would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has information relevant to this investigation, to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Galashiels Police Station

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.