Fire in kids’ playpark

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Borders police are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire in Galashiels.

The incident happened at around 1am on Wednesday, March 15, within Scott Park, when a plastic bin was set alight and the flames spread to the swing set and rubber ground cover.

As a result, the park sustained significant damage and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

In particular, officers are keen to trace two youths who were seen running off from the area. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Inspector Tony Hodges from Galashiels Police Station said: “The Scott Park is popular for dog walkers and families and this mindless act of destruction means that the bin will be out of use until it can be repaired.”

He added: “We are pursuing various local lines of inquiry to trace the culprits and would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has information relevant to this investigation, to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.