Crackdown after fires lit in gardens
ASERIAL arsonist is on the loose in Crosby, setting fire to people’s gardens and a local nature reserve.
Fires have been lit in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past two weeks. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are now joining forces in a bid to tackle the issue.
Officers from the fire service are carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that deliberate fires this may delay our response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.
“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home.
‘‘Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.”
Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly.
‘‘Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dashcam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.
“If you know who is responsible for these incidents call police or speak to us anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Police cordon off an area in Rimrose Valley Country Park,near Beach Road, Litherland after fires were lit there their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.
Station manager Paul Kay, arson reduction co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.
“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently. Firefighters and police officers are working together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight the impact fires have on our communities.
“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.
“It can range from mindless criminal damage to deliberatelytargeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.
“If fire engines are called out to
Paul Kay, arson reduction coordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service