A quick-thinking PCSO prevented out what could have been another deliberate fire in an award-winning Kettering park.
PCSO Nadia Norman had been visiting a resident near the Rockingham Road Pleasure Park last weekend when she spotted a group of youngsters setting fire to a pile of leaves.
In the last week, wheelie bins have been set alight at the park – leaving a scorch mark on the ground (pictured) – while new table tennis tables set up there were damaged within hours of being installed.
PCSO Norman said she stopped all members of the group setting fire to the leaves. She added: “All will be visited with parents to discuss their behaviour through our Nipped in the Bud scheme.
“As we came out saw them setting fire to pile of leaves under one of the trees.
“The group tried to walk away when they saw me cross the street. One youth stopped and I caught up with others on Wilson Terrace.
“The park has just won its Green Flag Award, which is something to be very proud of. The park and surrounding areas will remain a patrol hotspot for duration of summer holidays if not longer.
“It’s sad that just days after winning the award, the wheelie bin fire and damage to table tennis tables occurred.”