Enviro-crime reward after St Paul’s Cray Recreation Ground fire

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 March 2018

The park is located on Main Road. Information is being sought by any potential witnesses Picture: Google

The park is located on Main Road. Information is being sought by any potential witnesses Picture: Google


An appeal for witnesses has been launched after play equipment in St Paul’s Cray Recreation Ground was deliberately destroyed by fire.

The arson occurred in the park at Main Road, on Wednesday March 14 at about 7.45pm.

An enviro-crime reward of up to £500 is being offered to anyone who comes forward with detailed information which could be used as evidence in support of a potential prosecution.

Cllr Kate Lymer, executive member for public protection and safety, said: “This act of sheer wanton vandalism is despicable whatever the target, but when we can see that it removes a loved play area for local children, it is even more demonic.

“It cuts right to the heart of our local communities.

“We will be putting some posters in the vicinity calling for information, and don’t forget that Bromley Council offer a £500 enviro-crime reward for evidence that leads to an arrest.”

Andy Wilson, chairman of Friends of St Paul’s Cray Recreation Ground and CRA20TEN Resident Association, said, “We will not let the very few spoil St Paul’s Cray Rec for the majority.

“Our rec is much cared and cherished by local residents and if anyone does know who is responsible for the vandalism, then please contact the Police so that they can take action.”

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Details such as a description of the offender, vehicle registration, photograph or similar would be useful.

The well-loved playground is used by local children including those at the nearby Riverside School.

Whilst the site of the fire has been made secure, idverde, the council’s parks management contractor will installing replacement equipment in due course, following an insurance claim, with this process likely to take some months.

The news of the fire follows a recent decline in arson in targeted areas of the borough.

The Community Impact Days, with support from the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and other members of the Safer Bromley Partnership, have helped reduce incidences of arson declining by 46pc since the initiative began in April 2017.


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