Police appeals after Exmouth fires

PUBLISHED: 15:38 06 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:38 06 April 2016

Fire damage to a public toilet in Exmouth.

Fire damage to a public toilet in Exmouth.

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Police are appealing for information about two acts of alleged vandalism in Exmouth, involving fire damage to a public toilet and play area.

On Thursday, March 31, fire crews were called to a fire at public toilets at the Imperial Recreation Ground.

East Devon District Council (EDDC), which owns the toilets, says the ladies’ toilet block had to be closed for several days for cleaning and repair following the incident. The damage is expected to cost around £850.

The council says there was significant smoke damage throughout, as well as direct damage to one of the toilet cubicles and a toilet.

Previously, on March 18, police were called to alleged fire damage at a play area, also at Imperial Recreation Ground.

EDDC, which also owns the play area, says it faces a repair bill of more than £600 for this, with damage being caused to rubber safety matting and the base of a boat.

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Our new and fantastic play area at Imperial Recreation Ground has been vandalised by mindless people who were intent on trying to ruin it for other users and I am deeply disappointed at this lack of community spirit.”

Anyone with information about the toilet fire is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference CR/020617/16.

Anyone with information about the play area fire is asked to quote reference CR/018025/16.

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