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Danson Park fireworks display watched by 20,000 nearly cancelled after vandals sunk the pontoons

PUBLISHED: 11:16 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 11:21 11 November 2010

Danson park fireworks

Danson park fireworks

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Members of a canoe club donned their wet suits and climbed into a cold lake to prevent a firework display from being cancelled after vandals sunk the pontoons.

More than 20,000 people watched the borough’s largest firework display in Danson Park in Danson Road, Bexley, on Saturday raising a record £40,000 for charity.

Organisers thought the event would have to be cancelled when they arrived at the park the morning before to find the pontoons from which the fireworks are launched had been sunk overnight.

The 25-minute display, which was synchronised to 1980s music, was organised by the Round Table Charitable Trust, which will distribute the money to charitable causes.

Policing on the night came in the form of 34 volunteer police officers. There were no arrests despite two gangs having to be disbursed by police at the fun fair.

l In Greenwich on Friday, fire crews were called out to four incidents of cars being set alight in Plumstead and Woolwich.Meanwhile in Lancey Close, Charlton, fireworks were put through a derelict shop’s letterbox at about 6.30pm which caused damage to the carpet and fittings.

A firefighter who attended the scene said: “The youngsters seem to get bored with using fireworks properly and they want to push the boundaries.

“All these small fires could have escalated into something else if we didn’t make it in time.”

Fireworks were also thrown into an unlocked car at 9.10pm on the busiest night of the year for firefighters in Plum Lane, Plumstead.

The crew remained at the scene for 27 minutes. No one was injured.


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