Concern over arson spate

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Police and firefighters are joining forces to help reduce and prevent the number of arson attack fires started in the Langwith area.

They are running a joint operation with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which has had 26 reports of fires which have been started deliberately in Langwith, and the Whaley Thorns area, since the start of the year.

Firefighters have been called out to tackle fires which have been started with rubbish discarded on waste ground, in wheelie bins or grass, and have often been near to people’s homes or gardens.

Police officers will be attending all incidents of this nature along fire crews and leaflets are being delivered to residents advising of the risks of dumping rubbish.

Officers from both the police and fire service will also be visiting local youth clubs and schools.

Acting Sgt Dan Saunby, of the Scarcliffe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, which covers Langwith and Whaley Thorns, said: “The consequences of deliberately starting a fire are serious, not only does it cause damage 
but it puts people’s safety at risk.

“We will be taking positive action against anyone found to be committing this offence.

“I would ask parents to ensure they are aware of their children’s activities, make sure they are aware of the risks of fire and for local residents to be aware and to contact us if they see anything suspicious or have any information about these incidents.”

The operation is set to take place long term and until both police officers and fire crews are satisfied the issue has reduced.

Group manager Steve Helps of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The impact on the local community and consequences for fire crews and partners, who have to deal with deliberate fires is significant.

“We will work with partners to ensure local communities are supported and those responsible for deliberate fire setting are identified and dealt with appropriately.”

Coun Brian Murray-Carr, chair of the Bolsover Community Safety Partnership said: “I fully support this initiative and the multi-agency approach that has been taken to address the issues of concern.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, tor call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.