A CHILDREN'S play area in Kendray has suffered £8,000 worth of damage from a wheelie bin fire started by vandals.

Fire crews were called to Central Park in Kendray at around 1am this morning to put out a fire in the play area.

A council spokesperson said: "It appears that a wheelie bin was put under the climbing frame after being set on fire.

"We estimate the damage to cost around £8,000 to repair and replace. We've removed the damaged half of the climbing frame and will replace the rubber surface as soon as possible."

Anyone with further information should contact the police on 101 using incident number 539/24.08.2016.