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Merseyside Police & MFRS Joint Appeal for Information After Suspected Arson in Derby Park Bootle

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) are appealing for information after an suspected arson in a Bootle park on Saturday, 9 December.

At around 5.20pm, MFRS were called to a fire in Derby Park on Fernhill Road, Bootle. A seating area, a noticeboard and a park layout produced by Christchurch Primary School in Bootle were set alight by persons unknown causing significant damage. No injuries were caused and the fire was extinguished.

Local Policing Sergeant Kate Young said: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and clearly dangerous. We will act on all information provided to identify those responsible.

“All members of our community should feel they can visit our green spaces without fear or intimidation, so please let us know if you saw anything suspicious in the park on Saturday which may assist.”

MFRS Arson Coordinator Graham Morgan said: “This fire caused a considerable amount of damage to notice boards and a seating area in Derby Park, an area well-used by the local community.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to investigate the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, speak to local officers or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.