Vandals set fire to playground in Bristol on Easter Saturday

A community run playground in St Paul's Bristol has been destroyed after it was set alight on Easter Saturday.

Firefighters from Temple, Southmead, Bedminster and Kingswood fire stations attended the blaze which has damaged most of the playground.

A crowdfunding page has now been set up by community members to rebuild the wooden structure. They say the playground was 'run by selfless community leaders' and was used to run workshops for children in the local area.The park is a small area of green space right next to the M32 into the centre of the city.

Smoke could be seen from miles away. Credit: Sarah Compson

The organisation which runs the park says the fire is particularly difficult because of the coronavirus lockdown. It's meant they've already lost thousands of pounds they'd usually raise during the summer as it's used as a venue for small festivals in the city.

The target for the crowdfunding page is £7,000 which will go towards keeping the playground open which will 'benefit endless children in their growth and overall mental health'.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirm the fire was deliberate.

Many have shared their frustration on social media.