Arson attack at Marine Gardens play park condemned

Fire damage at Marine Gardens play park. INCT 34-727-CON
Fire damage at Marine Gardens play park. INCT 34-727-CON

An arson attack at a popular Carrickfergus play park has been condemned by local representatives.

At approximately 9.20pm last night, police received a report that youths had set fire to a trampoline at the Marine Gardens play area.

A spokesperson from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that one appliance from Carrickfergus Fire Station was deployed to the scene.

“The incident finished at 9:26pm and is being treated as a deliberate fire,” the spokesperson added.

The affected section of the play park is currently closed off until the equipment can be repaired, according to Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe. “We have ordered replacement parts in this morning,” he added.

“Staff are outraged that this fantastic facility has been targeted.

“I would encourage anyone with any information to cooperate fully with the PSNI.”

Fellow Mid and East Antrim councillor John Stewart said he was “absolutely disgusted” by the actions of those responsible for the vandalism. “It really is shameful that this has happened, especially one of our most popular attractions,” he added.

Cllr Stewart went on to praise the quick response of the NIFRS in preventing the blaze from spreading further.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on the non emergency number 101.