‘Shameful vandals’ tried to burn down this children’s shelter

Muff community counting the cost after arson attack

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Gardai are investigating an arson attack, which caused extensive scorch damage at the Muff Community Park.

Vandals attempted to burn down a timber frame bandstand, which forms the centre-piece in the popular children’s playground.

The ‘shocking’ incident is the second serious attack on the €410,000 family facility in the space of five months.

The Muff community, which raised €125,000 to fund the park, is understandably outraged.

One local, who contacted this newspaper yesterday, said the ‘shameful vandals’ must be stopped.

It is understood the culprits used plastic material to set the wooden shelter ablaze. The timber failed to fully ignite however the hut sustained extensive scorch damage.

The Muff Community Development committee, which runs the park, has urged people in the area to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Gardai.

The playground has been targeted a number of times in the recent past, including last May when vandals caused hundreds of euro worth of damage after lobbing hundreds of large stones over the fence, damaging swings, slides, roundabouts and other installations.

The activity equipment in the park cost the committee almost €186,000 and includes 24 separate pieces ranging in value from €600 up to €24,000.

Meanwhile Gardai are also probing another arson in the Muff area after a car was founding burning in the Whitehill housing estate in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

It is understood that newspapers were stolen from outside a local shop shortly around 5am and used to start the malicious blaze a short time later.

A brick was used to smash the car window. The newspapers were then placed inside the vehicle and set alight.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.