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Harrogate Valley Gardens play area fire wreckage cleared

Valley Gardens fire, Harrogate
Image caption The blaze destroyed a £32,000 wooden fortress structure at Valley Gardens

Council workers have cleared the burnt-out remains of a play area in Harrogate after an arson attack last weekend.

Insurers spent Thursday assessing the loss after the fire destroyed a wooden fortress installed in Valley Gardens which cost £32,000 to install in 2009.

The play area was closed for Friday's clear-up and will reopen on Saturday. A bouncy castle is being provided for children to use over the weekend.

The council said it hoped to replace the wooden fort as soon as possible.

Caroline Bayliss, the council's cabinet member for culture, tourism and sports, said the authority had been "inundated" with offers of help.

"We hope the bouncy castle might go a little way to avoid disappointment for the very many children who will use the park this weekend," she said.

Four teenagers have been released on police bail after being arrested in connection with the incident.

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