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Spate of deliberate fires in parts of Nottingham

Throughout the evening of Monday 13 June, fire crews attended three separate incidents at Wheatgrass Farm, Chilwell.

These incidents are in addition to four that have been previously attended at this address in the past three weeks.

Initial investigations suggest that these fires have been set deliberately, and we are working with Nottinghamshire Police and other community partners to identify the offenders with a view to taking appropriate action.

On more than one occasion a large pile of wood and rubbish has been well alight upon our arrival and on several occasions, fires have also been set within an adjacent derelict building.

Group Manager, Jonathan Holford, said: “Deliberate fire-setting is dangerous and can have serious consequences for not only the perpetrators but also landowners and the environment.”

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“Luckily these fires were extinguished by our fire crews shortly after our arrival and no injuries have been reported, however, fires like these can easily get out of hand and can cause significant harm”

“Dealing with deliberate fires ties up our valuable resources and takes emergency service personnel away from real emergencies and other valuable prevention and protection work that we deliver within our communities.”

Sergeant Heather Harding, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We have received reports of a spate of fires in Inham Road, Chilwell, over the last few weeks.

“This includes reports of two separate fires on Monday 13 June and a further fire in the early hours of Tuesday 14 June shortly after 4.30am.

“Thankfully no one has been reported to have been injured during these incidents.

“We are working alongside Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to investigate all of these incidents and would urge anyone with any information to come forward and speak to us or speak to a patrolling officer.

Anyone with any information about the fires is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 599 of 9 June 2022, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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