Arsonist’s damage at two town parks

Fire damage at Chesterfield cricket ground. Cllr John Burrows groundsman Tim Nicholls.
Fire damage at Chesterfield cricket ground. Cllr John Burrows groundsman Tim Nicholls.

Mindless vandals have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to two Chesterfield parks - including one which has just undergone a £1million makeover.

Police have launched an appeal after deliberate damage was found in both Queen’s Park and Eastwood Park.

Park rangers discovered fire damage to a wooden picnic table at Eastwood Park in Hasland, which underwent a major restoration last year and to the side screens on the cricket pitch at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for environment, blasted the arsonists.

She said: “Over the last couple of weeks, there have been incidences of fire setting at Eastwood Park and Queen’s Park. These selfish and mindless acts have caused more than £1,000 worth of damage.

“We are aware that this has been done deliberately and the council’s CCTV team are working with Derbyshire Constabulary to identify the people responsible.”

The latest fires happened between Monday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 2.

In July firebugs caused major damage to a building at Queen’s Park Annexe.

The building – which was used to store sports equipment including wooden boats – was completely destroyed by a blaze.

But Chesterfield police say inquiries are on-going but do not believe the fires to be linked.

PCSO Zoe Blount said: “Fire can easily get out of hand, and by setting fire to anything you are potentially putting yourself and others at risk of harm. It is also costly to replace and repair equipment. Anyone with information should call police on 101.”