Repairs yet to be carried out at arson-hit beauty spot near Chesterfield

Repairs are yet to be carried out after an arson attack at a beauty spot near Chesterfield.

Thursday, 5th August 2021, 4:42 pm
Updated Friday, 6th August 2021, 11:10 am

In a crime which appalled residents, young arsonists struck at the Avenue Washlands in Wingerworth on June 5.

Kate Lemon, regional manager for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT), confirmed that 40m of boardwalk, fishing platforms and fencing were destroyed.

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How the Avenue Washlands in Wingerworth looked when our photographer Brian Eyre visited on Wednesday.

She said: “The damage caused is considerable and is estimated to cost around £15,000 to repair.”

DWT volunteers launched an online fundraising appeal to help rebuild the site.

It started with a goal of £1,000 and has so far brought in more than £5,000.

Last month, Derbyshire Constabulary revealed three teenagers had been referred to the Derbyshire Youth Offending Service after the arson attack.

The arson-hit site.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council, which is responsible for the service, said it works young people involved in offences ‘to seek to prevent them from committing crimes in the future’.

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The arson attack caused many thousands of pounds' worth of damage.
A sorry sight.