Fire destroys children’s play equipment

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A Stratford playground was severely damaged by fire this afternoon with firefighters battling the blaze in front of shocked residents.

The fire, at the Burbage Avenue Playground, occurred at around 5.15pm, with clouds of thick black smoke visible across the area.

At least half of the equipment has been destroyed and police are treating the incident as arson. If you have any information contact the police on 101.

Pictures and video provided by Lee Merriman and Richard Funnell.