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Dramatic moment: Cardiff leisure area set alight by vandals, leaving residents ‘furious’

Dramatic moment: Cardiff leisure area set alight by vandals, leaving residents ‘furious’

Residents in a Cardiff suburb are “furious” after a children’s play area was set alight by vandals. Firefighters were sent to the blaze in the open area on Church Road in Caerau at around 10.40pm on Monday, July 1.

Photos shared on social media show huge flames engulfing the climbing structures as thick smoke billows into the sky just metres from people’s homes. It is the latest incident in a string of similar fires, according to a local resident who wished to remain anonymous.




The 55-year-old claims residents have to put up with deliberate fires “regularly” in the green space off the road, which includes the playground, surrounding countryside and woodland, near the Iron Age Caerau Fort and medieval St Mary’s Church. “It’s a nightmare – (it’s happened) four times in the last six days,” she said. “Children (have) been setting fires in the park and woodland.” For the latest Cardiff news, sign up to our newsletter here.

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The moment the playground burned down exactly one year ago in July 2023

Other images show the moment the same play area was set alight by vandals almost exactly a year ago. Residents’ frustration is compounded by the fact the playground was installed as part of the development of facilities at Caerau Hillfort by the Caerau And Ely Rediscovering (CAER) Heritage Project, which has received funding from local organisations.

“(It’s) so annoying because the younger kids don’t have a park now,” the resident said. “It’s horrible because (the community) all worked so hard to get the park. I’ve only been here a year, but other residents are furious.”

Firefighters responding to a fire in the field surrounding the playground earlier this year


Another image shows a fire crew attending to a fire in the field surrounding the recreation area. “(This happened) about two months ago,” the resident added. “There’s a lot of rubbish dumped there now – surprisingly it hasn’t been set alight yet.” Get the best user experience with the WalesOnline Premium app on Apple or Android.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “SWFRS received a call at approximately 10.39pm on July 1 reporting a fire in an open area near Church Road, Caerau, Cardiff. A crew and piece of equipment from Ely Station attended and extinguished the fire using a hosepipe. The stop message was given at 10.50pm.”

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