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Arson attack at children’s charity in Canning Town

PUBLISHED: 17:11 04 November 2018

The vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAA

The vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAA

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A children’s charity in Canning Town has been targeted by heartless vandals who set fire to equipment in its playground.

The vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAAThe vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAA

The crooks broke into the headquarters’ of Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA) at the Terence Brown Arc in the Hermit Road Park last night and torched one of its treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area.

This is the second time the charity has been hit by crooks after thieves stole a specialist trike worth £1,500 from the same playground in February.

AAA founder Kevin Jenkins said: “We are deeply disappointed and saddened to report that AAA are victims of yet another act of vandalism, with one of our treehouses burned to the ground last night. The fire officer told us that the locks of the gates had been broken off and the gates were left open.

“We are all extremely upset by what has happened and the resultant knock on effects this has on our vulnerable young people. ”

The vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAAThe vandals set fire to one of the treehouses, surrounding wooden supports and part of a play area. Pic: AAA

Former Recorder editor Colin Grainger added: “As a trustee of the charity I find this latest act sickening.

“Anyone visiting this place can see in an instant the important work being carried out here to help those who need it most.”

Anyone with information about this latest attack is asked to email kevin@theaaazone.com or me at colin.grainger@btinternet.com

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