Picnic bench destroyed in ‘mindless’ attack

November 02 2018
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VANDALS have torched a picnic bench in a park in Broomhill.

The bench in Begbrook Green Park was set on fire at about 6.15pm on October 23.

A group of youths were nearby at the time the fire was spotted and police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as an arson attack, to come forward.

It has been condemned as “mindless vandalism” on social media by residents, who say the bench was well-used by local families and people living in a nearby sheltered housing scheme.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: “We were called to reports of a picnic bench on fire in Begbrook Green Park, Frenchay.

“The matter has been referred to the beat team to look into the fire, which is being treated as deliberate by fire service.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 or report online, quoting incident log number 0890 of October 23.

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said fire fighters were called in by the police and extinguished the blaze using an aquapack portable water tank.