Play equipment was set on fire at Gayton playground. Picture: Paul Tibbs
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A Gayton mum who helped to improve a play area has been left “disheartened” after it was targeted in an arson attack.

Claire Reeve and Julia Thorne, who run Little Scamps mother and toddler group in the village, successfully gained a £30,000 grant to install new play equipment last summer.

But on Saturday at around 7.30pm, a play tunnel had been set alight, causing £1,000 damage.

A nearby resident spotted the blaze and managed to tackle most of it with a fire extinguisher as firefighters arrived at the scene.

Mother-of-three Mrs Reeve said: “Everyone uses it through the summer. I feel angry, cross and disheartened. 

“The fire has melted a bin and burnt the grass. It looks like an eyesore.

“It’s the children who miss out. We are hoping to get a replacement through the insurance, but then the premiums go up. It’s time and money.”

Norfolk Police said on Twitter that two youths had been arrested on Sunday in connection with the damage.

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