Arson attack at play area

144404'The fire damaged boat at the Castle Dykes'Picture by Neil Silk'27/10/14
144404'The fire damaged boat at the Castle Dykes'Picture by Neil Silk'27/10/14
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Arsonists have been blamed for a fire which destroyed an attraction at a children’s play park on Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to the Castle Dykes just after 8.30pm and reports that the wooden row boat, which is the centre piece of the park, was on fire.

Crews rushed to the scene and managed to extinguish the blaze but not before 50 per cent of the boat was destroyed.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The crew left the incident at 9pm and have stated that the probable cause is deliberate ignition to the boat.”

Scarborough Council workers were today (Monday) at the scene making repairs to the cobble.

The boat was donated to the area in 2011 after an appeal to local people by the Castle Dykes Play Area Working Group.

Funding for the play area came from North Yorkshire County Council through the Playbuilder programme, which specifically funds more “natural” play areas. Contributions to build the play area also come from Scarborough Borough Council and Yorkshire Coast Homes.