Appeal for witnesses after arson incident in Lichfield’s Beacon Park

A tree and lamppost were badly damaged in an arson attack in Beacon Park on Sunday, 24 September.

A member of the public reported seeing a group of teenagers running away after the fire was lit in the Museum Gardens at 4.30pm.

Officers from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended but the tree was damaged and the light fitting in the lamppost destroyed.

This is the third occasion intentional damage has been done in Beacon Park in recent weeks.

Last month (overnight between Wednesday 16 August and Thursday 17 August) vandals snapped the trunk of a tree and toppled waste bins also in the Museum Gardens.

Then, the following week, vandals snapped the trunk of a memorial tree near its base.

An historic line of lime trees in the same area of the park have also been repeatedly broken.

A spokesperson for Lichfield District Council said:

“We are all saddened by the mindless acts of vandalism that have been committed in Beacon Park.

“It is a beautiful place, kept so by the hard work of our dedicated parks staff and to see it deliberately damaged is upsetting.

“Anyone who witnessed any of the incidents or who has information regarding those responsible is asked to contact Lichfield Police on 101.”

Beacon Park fountain