Appeal for witnesses following arson attack at Braunton play area

Fire damage at Pill Gardens play area

Posted on: 20 July 2018

North Devon Council is appealing for witnesses following a fire at the Pill Gardens play area in Braunton.

The police and fire service have confirmed the fire, which has caused £1,800 worth of damage to play equipment in the park, was arson.

It is believed the fire was started in the afternoon of Saturday 15 July, and the council is keen for potential witnesses to come forward with any information that might help catch those responsible.

The council reopened the play area in March last year, having spent £43,000 of Section 106 funding on new play equipment for the community, with local schoolchildren involved in the designs and choice of equipment.

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “I am absolutely appalled that this senseless act has caused such devastation to what is practically a brand new play area. I’m sure the young users of the park will be devastated that their play area is now closed, especially as we are heading into the school summer holidays. Please help us catch those responsible, we can’t let such a dangerous and mindless act go unpunished.”

Local ward member, Councillor Derrick Spear, says: “I’m shocked that someone would do this and it’s especially sad that this was brand new equipment chosen by local children. Please come forward if you know anything that could help.”

Local ward member, Councillor Robin Bonds, says: “It’s very sad that people think it’s OK to do something like this, it’s malicious damage and I hope they catch whoever’s responsible.”

The council is asking for anybody with information to contact the police using the 101 number quoting crime reference CR/064419/18 or information can also be passed to the Parks Team on 01271 388326 or email

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