Investigations are taking place into a blaze at a children’s play area in Harwich which destroyed a large piece of equipment.
A wooden pirate ship worth about £10,000 went up in flames over the weekend at the site in Stour Road which is owned and maintained by Tendring District Council (TDC).
An officer will inspect the damage today and see what needs to be done to make the area safe.
Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said it is likely that the equipment which suffered from the fire will be taped off.
“Hopefully it will not be necessary to close off the whole play area but we will know more once we have made a site visit and assessed the situation,” he said.
“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.”
A new pirate ship will cost anything for £ 8,000 to £12,000 to replace and it is covered by insurance.
TDC will be looking to clear away the debris, get a quote for a new pirate ship and get it installed as quickly as is possible.