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Fire crews attacked with golf balls after deliberate fire at Nottinghamshire nature reserve

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is launching an appeal for information after a deliberate fire was started on Oak Tree Nature Reserve and crews were attacked on the evening of Friday 15 July 2022.

A spokesperson said:

‘Before 7pm last night we received a call to a fire in the open on Oak Tree Nature Reserve. Seven fire engines and two waters from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire fire and rescue services were in attendance.

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‘Crews spent over three hours tackling the blaze and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby leisure centre.

‘During the course of tackling the fire, crews were attacked with golf balls.

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Area Manager Andy Macey of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Deliberate fires put lives at risk and take our fire engines away from dealing with other life-threatening incidents.

“With the extreme weather we are already dealing with more incidents than normal, and deliberate fire starting needlessly ties up our resources.

“Attacks on our crews as they go about their job are completely unacceptable and we will be working with our police colleagues to identify those responsible. I ask anyone with information to come forward to the police.”

Anyone with information is being asked to call 101 quoting incident 0713_15072022.

• More from this incident: Pictures: Fire crews deal with grass fires across Nottinghamshire

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