VOLUNTEERS have been angered after arsonists set fire to a park less than a year after it was given a £190,000 refurbishment.

Enfield Park in Cinnamon Brow was targeted by vandals last month, destroying play equipment.

The park only reopened in April last year after a major renovation project, with two tree saplings planted by Cinnamon Brow CE Primary School pupils in order to celebrate the redevelopment also ruined by the fire.

Warrington Borough Council was forced to remove swings damaged by the fire, which occurred shortly before midnight on January 22.

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Former Mayor of Warrington Geoff Settle was saddened to discover the vandalism after visiting the park with his grandson Finn.

The Friends of Poulton North Parks member said: “This play area cost £190,000, there was a huge effort put into the bid by the friends’ group.

“It’s very sad to see what the damage has led to, the play area is well used and loved by local children.

“My two children missed out when they were growing up and they had to put up with the old tired small play area.

“We’ve had to wait more than 30 years for this fantastic new play area to arrive just in time for their children.

“People must know who these arsonists are, and I would ask them to pass on any information to the Cheshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”