HEMSWORTH fire station’s chief and the town council are appealing for information after 14 life rings were burnt in the space of four days last month and many more have since have been stolen.
Station commander Stephen Fealy said the culprits, who destroyed the rings at Hemsworth Water Park, were wasting valuable time firefighters could use to deal with real emergencies.
He said: “Parents, guardians and friends of these people will smell smoke on these individuals and our appeal is for you to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously and name and shame these people who are putting your lives at risk.
“We are working with the town council but we can’t do this alone and need the support of the Hemsworth community to put a stop to this arson and anti-social behaviour.”
The floatation devices cost the council at least £50 to replace and money will have to come from other areas of their budget.
Clerk to Hemsworth Town Council Tina Pattison said they have had to fork out at least £800 replacing the rings.
She said: “We have a budget and don’t expect to have to use it for things such as this. Other areas will suffer because of it. It’s just total vandalism.
“I don’t ever want to have any accidents down there and destroying them is putting people’s lives at risk.”
To report any information, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or contact the police on 0845 60 60 606.