Tuesday 27 February 2024
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Joint plea to public after grass fires ‘started deliberately’

A joint plea is being made to the public to be vigilant after a spate of grass fires believed to have been started deliberately.

Officers are currently investigating numerous grass fires reported over the last few weeks.

Areas affected in the city north include Padstow Road, Bestwood, Church Field Plantations, Thompson Gardens, Top Valley, Sandy Banks in the Bestwood/Top Valley area and Hoewood Road and Bonington Close in Bulwell.

Inspector Christine Busuttil, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are asking landowners and members of the public to be extra vigilant and urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to call us so we can act on the information given.

“During the unprecedented recent spell of hot weather, and with the current tinder dry ground conditions, even small fires in the open can very quickly spread and get out of control.

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“Deliberately lighting fires is highly irresponsible and has potential to cause widespread damage and harm, as well as threatening homes and the people living in those areas.

“We are also urging people to make sure their rubbish is safely disposed of as discarded items, such as glass bottles, can also start grass fires.

“We have stepped up patrols in open spaces and we are working closely with key partners, including Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, to combat this issue and to detect and deter antisocial behaviour.

“This will not be tolerated and we will take robust action against anyone involved in this sort of criminality.”

Area manager Damien West, of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Over the coming days with the extreme weather we expect to be busier dealing with incidents around the county. Deliberate fires needlessly tie up our crews and put people and properties at risk.

“We are working with our partners in Nottinghamshire Police to prevent deliberate fire setting and identify those responsible. Anyone with information about these incidents should contact Nottinghamshire Police.”

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said: “We support the call for extra care and vigilance during the current heatwave, when dry conditions increase the risk of fires starting and spreading.

“We have put a temporary ban on fires and barbecues in all our parks and on all allotment sites, including allotments managed directly by us but also all association-managed sites in the city.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 559 of 17 July 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.

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