Playground open again after blaze – Video

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A PLAY area left devastated by an arson attack has been partially reopened.

Vandals broke into the Shiremoor adventure playground between 6.30pm and 8pm on Sunday, April 22, and set fire to a wooden hut at the facility.

The Shiremoor Adventure Play Area which was set fire to last week and the animals let out.  Pictured are Nicola Embleton and Rachel Young who are full time play workers  with two of the rabbits, Midnight and Custard who were let loose.

The Shiremoor Adventure Play Area which was set fire to last week and the animals let out. Pictured are Nicola Embleton and Rachel Young who are full time play workers with two of the rabbits, Midnight and Custard who were let loose.

The hut was destroyed, and the fire spread to a wooden walkway, forcing officials at North Tyneside Council to close the £800,000 site.

However, after carrying out initial repairs, the council was able to reopen part of the park on Monday, just over a week after the arson attack, although a cordon will remain in place around the section damaged by fire.

Further repairs needed to enable the playground to reopen fully are expected to be completed within the next five weeks, but the council is still awaiting approval from its insurance company to begin that work.

The playground opened in September 2010 and has proved a huge hit with youngsters since then.

Last week, residents forced to look on helplessly as the blaze took hold– vowed to help restore the playground to its former glory and get it up and running again.