Playground fire attack is captured on CCTV
A CHILDREN'S playground has suffered extensive damage from vandals who set it alight.
The playground, situated in Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, was set on fire late on Tuesday night.
The culprits attempted to set a tower structure which features a slide, on fire, while the rubber ground was set alight.
Residents witnessed the blaze from nearby estates and called Dublin Fire Brigade, who quickly arrived at the scene.
The playground, which is run by Fingal County Council, has been hit by similar arson attacks in the past.
In 2013 the park was destroyed by a huge fire which the council admits was "very expensive in terms of repairs."
Since the latest vandalism, the playground is completely barricaded by fencing as the council plans repair works to the slide structure and rubber ground.
The council says that it installed "extensive protective measures" in the park following the 2013 attack which had proved "very successful."
A council spokesperson said the full extent of the damage from Tuesday's attack was not yet known but the repairs would be "simple and straightforward."
It is understood that CCTV footage captured the vandals in the act and the footage has been forwarded to gardai.
Local councillor David McGuinness condemned the arson attack, which he says was "malicious."
"This is the second time that this has happened but this time it looks a lot worse as the ground rubber will all need to be replaced," he said.