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WE ARE DISGUSTED; Nursery staff hit out at arson attack which left kids' playhouse like this.

Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN

VANDALS left youngsters at a day nursery devastated after burning down their brand new playhouse -before they even had chance to play in it.

The mindless yobs scaled a security fence to wreak havoc at the Parkway Day Nursery in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough.

Friday night's arson was the second vandal attack in seven days on the 89-place day nursery. One quite police Her dad explain happened it was that going -Rebecca from Nursery Newham After the first attack on Saturday, October 17, the pounds 1,000 play hut suffered smashed windows and a kicked in door.

When they came back a week later they finished the hut off, leaving it a charred wreck.

The young children - aged six weeks to five years old - have been left just as upset by police having to attend their nursery, say staff.

Rebecca Small, from the nursery, said: "The children were quite shaken by it. The younger ones don't realise what's happened. The older ones have noticed the police being around.

"One little girl got quite upset by the police being here. Her dad had to explain what had happened and say it was all right, that she was going to be okay.

girl got by the here. "The staff are all disgusted by the vandalism. It has upset everyone and now we are worried are they going to come back."

Rebecca said the play hut and garden had been planned and built especially for the children's enjoyment.

had to what had and say right, was be okay Small Day Coulby "The children haven't even had the chance to play in this garden and play hut," she said.

"It's brand new.

"We are insured but it will have to be rebuilt, and the children won't be allowed in that area for months."

Cleveland Police are appealing for anyone with any information related to the arson attack at the nursery on Cropton Way at around 7.30pm on Friday, October 23, to contact PC Aisla Scoby of Middlesbrough Police on 01642 303126.

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GUTTED: Youngsters from Parkway Day Nursery assess the damage with parent Paul Bainbridge, and staff Sandra Allison, Stephanie Williams and Rebecca Small, left. The remains of the playhouse, below
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