Anger as vandals torch children's play equipment at Leeds school

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Arsonists have destroyed children's play equipment in the grounds of a Leeds school, prompting anger from local families.

Police said the equipment at Fieldhead Carr School in Naburn Approach, Whinmoor, had been set alight overnight on Friday into Saturday.

A spokesman said the equipment had been "totally destroyed" as a result.

He added: "This has caused devastation to the local children who use the equipment."

An appeal for information shared by the Leeds Outer East policing team on Facebook attracted dozens of comments.

Marie Clark said: "What is wrong with people?! It may not be much but the kids love it."

Caron Jowett said: "This is the reason it took years for a park to be built. Not much of a park but it's something. We went the other week and some little delight must have tried to burn it then. My son ended up with black stuff all over his clothes."

Brenda Stewart said: "We fought for the council to do something for the children in this area and the playground was great - I feel so sorry for the children who used it and angry at those responsible for this mindless vandalism."

Jan Shirley said: "They should make them pay for replacements out of their own money!"

Faye Thornton said: "Disgusting. It had already been vandalised, now this."

Emma Valentine said: "It's not like there is much in east Leeds for kids. I've been here three years and disgusted that kids play areas are covered in dog mess, broken glass."

Anyone with information is urged to call West Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 13170323749.