Badly needed security fencing will be installed around a park in Wednesbury in the new year, it has been reported.

According to the Express & Star, Brunswick Park was hit by arsonists who set alight play equipment worth £20,000, as well as setting wheelie bins ablaze. The play equipment will have to be taken out.

It is the latest in a string of arson incidents in the past few weeks.

Mark Kevan, grounds maintenance manager, told the newspaper: "It looks like a bit of a war zone. They have been pinching the recycling bins and setting fire to them under trees and play equipment."

However, new security fencing worth £100,000 will be installed around the park and nearby Wood Green Cemetery said, after a tireless campaign by residents stretching back decades, the newspaper said.

Elaine Costigan, councillor for Wednesbury North, told the newspaper that security cameras would also help.

"I think we need some security cameras. This is just the latest attack and it really isn't fair on all of the people using the park and it is costing thousands of pounds to replace equipment."

Last month, funding for metal gates and security fencing for an allotment in Bristol was secured following a vandalism attack.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800293643-ADNFCR