Arson spree in Gainsborough prompts witness plea
A series of arson attacks in a matter of hours has left a Lincolnshire community "shocked", according to the authorities.
Fire crews attended seven incidents in Gainsborough on Thursday evening, including an attack on a play area.
Straw bales were stacked up against a play shed on Riseholme Road, with the flames destroying the structure and killing two chicken kept there.
Other incidents included grass fires and items burnt at a building site.
The county council, fire service and police have appealed for help in tracking down the culprits.
Arson task force manager, Steve Wright, said: "We know these incidents are all linked due to their timings and locations on a route through Gainsborough.
"The community is shocked at these crimes, particularly because much-loved children's facilities were targeted.
"It is rare to have a string of deliberate incidents like this in Lincolnshire, but when it does happen, it can be at significant cost to individuals, businesses and the community."