Police investigate as Roundhay Park bandstand torched by fire leaving residents 'appalled'

Police have launched an investigation after the bandstand in Roundhay Park was torched by a fire.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 5:34 pm

It happened between 9pm on Tuesday April 20 and 7.45am on Wednesday April 21.

Pictures taken by residents group Friends of Roundhay Park show extensive damage to one of the benches of the bandstand, which overlooks Waterloo Lake.

The group said they were "appalled" at the damage to "historical structure".

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The bandstand has been cordoned off after being destroyed by a fire (Photo: Friends of Roundhay Park)

The shelter has been cordoned off by Leeds City Council, who plan to repair the bandstand "as soon as possible".

A council spokesperson added: "It is extremely upsetting to see damage to one of our much loved shelters in Roundhay Park.

"We have informed West Yorkshire Police and ask that anyone who has any information about this incident to contact them directly."

The damage was reported to police at 8.30am on Wednesday.

Pictures show extensive damage to one of the benches of the shelter (Photo: Friends of Roundhay Park)

Officers have launched an investigation into the fire and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting crime reference 13210195522.

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