A cash reward of up to £1,000 is on offer for information leading to the arrest and charge of the person(s) responsible for £30,000 worth of damage at a local play area [July 2013].

Two fires in May 2013 at the Spiderfields Play Area, Purfleet, is the latest of a catalogue of incidents around the park.

In this recent spate Parkor climbing equipment was damaged on May 10 around 21.30pm and a trampoline was set alight on May 13 around 22.00pm. And the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is asking residents to tell them what they know. Without having to reveal their identity.

Were you in the area that night and saw people acting suspiciously? Did someone you know come home smelling of smoke? Has someone confessed to being involved?

Tell us what you know, not who you are

Ann Scott, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, is urging anyone with information on these criminal damage incidents, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by using our Anonymous Online Form.

She said: “Vandalism to a play area may appear as a minor crime to the offender but it has caused a great deal of expense for those who own the park. They have had to dedicate extra time and resources into replacing the equipment which could have been spent on other ways to help benefit the community. It’s also an inconvenience to the public who get a lot of joy out of this play area but who can’t use the facilities.

"If someone can damage a play park what else might they go onto damage? Your car? Your home? Your local school? You can do your bit in helping to keep our community safe by contacting us with information on these incidents or indeed any criminal damage. No one has anything to fear by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers as you will remain 100% anonymous”.

25 years of protecting your identity

Ann continued: “Calls to the Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or information given through the website using our Anonymous Online Form. We never ask for your name or take any personal details, calls are recorded, calls/computers are not traced and those who give information do not have to give a statement to the police or go to court. In our 25 years we have never revealed anyone’s identity”.

Only calls made to 0800 555 111 will be eligible for a reward. Those giving information given using the Anonymous Online Form cannot claim a reward.

Young people from the area who might know who is involved can visit www.fearless.org.